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jemacy

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Sep 13, 2015
6
Can anyone give me advice please? My mother who has advanced dementia is resident in a care home. One of the staff was recently prosecuted for physically abusing mother. However the case could not be proved because of differences in evidence provided by other members of staff. I am very worried that the person concerned will be able to return to work and have direct contact with mother as well as the other member of staff who supported her. What would be my best course of action to protect mother?
 

PeggySmith

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Just want to give your post a bump to the top so the people who are more knowledgeable will see it.

If I were you, I'd go and see the CH manager tomorrow and put your concerns to them. It may be that the person concerned won't be coming back anyway.

Good luck and try not to worry too much.
 

Poppyfields

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Sep 12, 2013
69
I am not an expert, just dealing with a similar situation

Perhaps contacting the local authority that the home comes under might be an idea if you feel your concerns are falling on deaf ears.

Mentioning Safeguarding as abuse has happened - who is now going to take responsibility if this person is allowed back to work

Put everything in writing, do not have any phone conversations unless you record them - I sound paranoid but my experience is that social workers/care home staff are really not above colluding with each other (and yes sometimes lying I'm afraid) in order to protect their jobs

Lastly, install a "nanny cam" - not getting into the legal issues, but I would assume you had quite a lot of proof for this person to be prosecuted = so this time it would give you irrefutable evidence and also may alert you in advance
 
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jemacy

Registered User
Sep 13, 2015
6
I am not an expert, just dealing with a similar situation

Perhaps contacting the local authority that the home comes under might be an idea if you feel your concerns are falling on deaf ears.

Mentioning Safeguarding as abuse has happened - who is now going to take responsibility if this person is allowed back to work

Put everything in writing, do not have any phone conversations unless you record them - I sound paranoid but my experience is that social workers/care home staff are really not above colluding with each other (and yes sometimes lying I'm afraid) in order to protect their jobs

Lastly, install a "nanny cam" - not getting into the legal issues, but I would assume you had quite a lot of proof for this person to be prosecuted = so this time it would give you irrefutable evidence and also may alert you in advance[/QUOT
 
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jemacy

Registered User
Sep 13, 2015
6
Can anyone give me advice please? My mother who has advanced dementia is resident in a care home. One of the staff was recently prosecuted for physically abusing mother. However the case could not be proved because of differences in evidence provided by other members of staff. I am very worried that the person concerned will be able to return to work and have direct contact with mother as well as the other member of staff who supported her. What would be my best course of action to protect mother?
Thank you so much for your advice, it is really helpful.
 

jemacy

Registered User
Sep 13, 2015
6
Can anyone give me advice please? My mother who has advanced dementia is resident in a care home. One of the staff was recently prosecuted for physically abusing mother. However the case could not be proved because of differences in evidence provided by other members of staff. I am very worried that the person concerned will be able to return to work and have direct contact with mother as well as the other member of staff who supported her. What would be my best course of action to protect mother?
I am going to see the CH manager today and will ask her who is going to take responsibility for mother's safety as suggested. Thank you again for all your advice I really appreciate your help.
 

Poppyfields

Registered User
Sep 12, 2013
69
I am going to see the CH manager today and will ask her who is going to take responsibility for mother's safety as suggested. Thank you again for all your advice I really appreciate your help.
I recommend recording the conversation on your phone.

If you feel that you need to ask permission and the CH manager refuses, then there is a problem

Insist on knowing who is going to be directly responsible if this person (and the other member of staff?) are going to be anywhere near your mother.
 

jemacy

Registered User
Sep 13, 2015
6
Thank you Poppy fields. I took a witness with me today and spoke to CH General Manager who assured us that the staff member concerned would have no contact with mother. She would be moved to the downstairs units, mother is upstairs in one of the 3 dementia units. She gave me the names of the new staff she has moved onto the unit and who will be responsible. She also asked me not to move mother to another home. Thank you for advising what questions to ask. I am very grateful.
 

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