Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Nursing Home Abuses
"They keep you starving in here... just get me out of this place': Grandmother, 89, filmed begging for food at crisis care home Edna Slann was filmed by her family amid fears she was being neglected The 89-year-old is seen telling her granddaughter she is 'starving' in video She is one of three residents left with unexplained injuries at care homes Grantley Court in Sutton and Merok Park in Surrey have both been closed
Pleading for help, Edna Slann reaches out to her appalled family in desperation.
‘I’m starving,’ she says. ‘I’m bloody starving. Have you got anything to eat here now?’
While dementia has left the 89-year-old muddled in many ways, she is certain about one thing.
‘Oh god. I want something to eat,’ she begs, in harrowing video footage that shames Britain’s care system.
They keep you starving in here. This is not me at all. This is not normal, these b******* here are not normal. I just want to get out of this place.’
Mrs Slann, a widow who has dementia and arthritis and needs a wheelchair, was moved in July from a residential home to Grantley Court Nursing Home in Sutton, south-west London.
Her family claims she was neglected from the outset and her health rapidly deteriorated.
They said she lost more than half a stone in two months and is now little over five stone and reliant on morphine to control her pain.
She suffered severe facial bruising and a gash to her head which needed 12 stitches and now has just weeks to live.
Mrs Slann was filmed on September 21 by her granddaughter Becky, after she and her mother Linda Cackett, a book keeper from Epsom in Surrey, became fearful she was being neglected.
In a horrifying video, Mrs Slann can be seen pleading for help, while touching a large cut on her head.
Shaking with desperation and rage, she tells her granddaughter: ‘I’m hungry. Have you got anything to eat here now? I’m bloody starving. They keep you bleeding starving in here.’
She can be seen shutting her eyes in despair, while saying: ‘Oh god. I want something to eat. I’m angry. Give me something to eat.’
After the food does not come, she is seen lowering her expectations.
‘I just want a cup of tea, that’s all I want. Get us a cup of tea.’ She is reassured by staff that her food will come in ‘just 15 minutes’.
Later, she says: ‘Whatever’s happened to me? They’re making me bloody mad.
‘This effing place. It drives me round the bloody bend here. They are all bloody nutcases. I just want to get out of this place.’
After staff discovered a bedsore on her foot, she was taken to hospital. When hospital staff called Grantley Court for an explanation, they were apparently told it was ‘not that bad’.
Doctors said the only way to stop the spread would be to amputate her leg, involving serious surgery which would probably kill her.
Mrs Slann, a grandmother-of- one, worked as a cleaner until she was 70. She was a ‘lively and happy grandmother’, according to her family. Her daughter said it was ‘terrible’ to see how she has suffered.
She added: ‘It is horrendous to think that she has suffered.
‘We filmed her because she kept saying she was hungry. We feel guilty we let her go to Grantley Court. It is hard to talk about but I am speaking out because no one should go through this.’
Mrs Slann’s stay at Grantley Court cost £595 a week, which was met by Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
A Surrey Downs CCG spokesman said she was relocated as soon as concerns were raised.
A Surrey council spokesman said when Mrs Slann was placed in Grantley Court the home had passed its most recent inspection."
This happened in Britain, but it's happening in America too. Do a search on "nursing home abuses" on Youtube and you can see a multitude of cases! Physical and other injuries do occur in neglectful nursing homes. Some homes are better then others, I am not saying all are abusive, but this is some of the hidden things going on in this country. The helpless elderly in this wicked world are very vulnerable.
One of my in-laws now deceased who was later taken home to be cared for by other relatives, was put in a nursing home and ended up with a broken arm. She was speechless via a stroke and could not tell anyone what happened to her. They did not say she had fallen or anything like that but somehow her arm had ended up broken.
If you are younger and have been on an extended hospital stay, you know a lot of places the staff is over-worked and over-extended. They do not give you medication at the right time. There was one hospital I was in, where I was asking the janitorial staff to help clean me up and get me things because the nurses were incognito. I tell people if your relative can't speak for themselves in the hospital, make sure you are there as much as humanly possible.
Well nursing homes with far more underpaid staff, the care can be deficient. Often all your rights disappear as a patient. Years ago, I had an older long distant friend, I wanted to go on a rescue mission of, because she was in the nursing home. She could not walk, and my place then was not wheelchair accessible, I wasn't able to help her and it still weighs heavily on me. I made all the phone calls I could and her son was there too but the son often was taking the side of the staff and seemed annoyed with what he called her "demands". One of those "demands" was simply being taken out of bed and put in a wheelchair. They would leave her in bed and not get her up. We do live in a society where the old and sick are shoved away out of sight and out of mind. Even if you are young and ill, some wicked families will disown you or won't visit for years. They want you out of sight. While I had to depart from wicked relatives, one disabled one in thrall to one of the most wicked probably has gotten shoved away in a group home or other nursing home. She is mobile in this case.
Every disabled and other sick and aging person can attest that one of their greatest fears is ending up in a nursing home. There is a reason for this.
Many people do have to put elderly parents or ill family members in homes, I am not blaming people who must face this hard choice, often the care needed is beyond their physical capabilities but please be careful what home or center you choose for your family members. Be mindful of their care and make sure they are being taken care of properly. I tend to think the chances are better with a non-profit rather then a for-profit! Please pray for the elderly especially ones who are in nursing homes.
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