I believe the neglect and abuse of people living with dementia is pervasive, persistent and systemic in North America, Australia and the United Kingdom. I have seen it myself and hear stories from care partners around the world on a daily basis. Still, much of it remains hidden because family members are reluctant to make incidents know for a variety of reasons I’ve blogged about previously (here and here).
When someone does go public, particularly with the kind of horrible neglect in this case from the UK, I feel it’s important to share. I hope you do too.
Shortly after I posted this, the post on Facebook was taken down; I don’t know why it might have been taken down, but here’s what it said:
“This post is regarding my dad who has vascular dementia and is in a nursing home in Salford, UK. I use the word “nursing “ loosely it should be abuse and neglect home on this occasion.The name of this place is B******* ****T part of the W****** Care Home it specialises in dementia care !!
During a visit from family on Thursday 18/1/18 my sister was informed that “he’s not very well today !!! This led to us then uncovering the reason why !!! He was covered in urine burns from his ankles to his back from being neglected and left lying in his own wee for god only knows how long to cause this damage, obviously causing a huge deterioration in his health not to mention the pain and agony he had to deal with😪..he is now in hospital ….
If this post helps stop this from happening to one more person then I’m glad I decided to post, so please share and please if you have loved ones in care homes be aware not all is as it seems.”
Here’s a list of things to consider when someone is having a “bad day” or behaving in a way that you or others find challenging: 101 potential causes of behaviour by people living with dementia that institutional care staff may find challenging.