For those living in care homes, the final years of their lives should be peaceful and worry-free. Sadly though, that’s not always the case.
According to the police, there were 1,200 assaults between residents from 2014 to 2016 – the equivalent to more than one incident every day.
In all, 28 of the UK’s 45 police forces responded to Freedom of Information requests from the BBC’s File on 4 programme asking how many resident-on-resident assaults were recorded at care, nursing and residential homes for adults during the three-year period.
Some forces provided brief descriptions of alleged incidents including a resident who assaulted another by kicking and pushing, resulting in the victim suffering a fractured arm.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health regulator in England, says it is the responsibility of care providers to protect residents from harm or abuse.
A spokesman said: “People living in care homes should feel safe and be protected from harm – and it is the responsibility of those who are in charge of running these services to ensure this happens. Should CQC find this is not happening, we will always take action that holds providers to account.”
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, which represents providers, said: “That it’s being reported to the police is a good thing, because that shows care homes are not keeping this information to themselves.
“As we see more people with different types of dementias and exhibiting more challenging behaviours, we have to have a system that’s ready to respond to that.”
How can our personal injury lawyers help you?
The final years of someone’s life should be enjoyed with dignity, comfort and respect, not violence, fear and intimidation.
We entrust care homes with the crucial responsibility of looking after our most vulnerable loved ones – and, in the main, they do a fine job. However, these statistics cast a shadow over the sector and raise doubts about just how well our relatives are being cared for.
If one of your elderly friends or relatives has been the victim of abuse, either by a fellow resident or a member of staff, our Personal Injury lawyers can help you pursue a claim for compensation quickly and effectively.