Maggots were found crawling in an elderly man's wound at a rest home, an investigation has confirmed. The horror case has prompted renewed calls for Government action, with concerns current oversight isn't picking up problems and leaving the vulnerable in appalling conditions. Counties-Manukau District Health Board in March launched an investigation into Palms Lifecare in Pukekohe. A family had complained, saying their terminally-ill relative was often left covered in flies and had maggots crawling in open wounds. Results of the investigation released to the Herald show five areas of concern about the now-deceased resident's care were substantiated. This included shortcomings in providing pain relief, "presence of maggots in wound", anecdotal evidence of faecal soiling in the man's room, and issues with managing falls. "The recent incident involving a resident at Palms Lifecare in Pukekohe was serious and we extend our thoughts to the family," a DHB spokeswoman said. The health board … [Read more...] about Rest home investigation finds bloodied sheets, maggots
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PENSIONERS must use equity in their homes to fund social care, says the head of the NHS. Simon Stevens said up to 18,000 hospital beds are blocked by patients at any time due to council cuts. The NHS England chief exec reopened the “dementia tax” row by arguing older people must contribute if there is to be a solution to the social care crisis. And he said it would be unfair to raise taxes while OAPs sit on homes worth £1.5trillion. Mr Stevens said he supported deferred payments where care bills were recovered from the value of a person’s home on death. PM Theresa May did a U-turn over similar reforms during the 2017 General Election campaign when it was first branded the dementia tax. MOST READ IN HEALTHMIND OVER MATTER What are the symptoms of anxiety, how can it be treated and who else suffers? From Zayn Malik to Will Young CLINGING TO HOPE What IS the treatment Charlie Gard's parents are fighting for? This is how new drugs 'could help Charlie' Home remedies … [Read more...] about NHS chief says OAPs must use homes to pay for social care
On a crisp, sunny morning a couple of official vehicles, including a police car, pull into a quiet cul-de-sac in a seaside town. Officers get out and knock on the door of one of the houses, then proceed to search it: every cupboard is opened, every box. Old furniture is pulled out of the garage. The officers, who are from both London and the local council, and are funded by National Trading Standards, scour the property, hunting for illegal skin-lightening products imported from Asia and Africa. Jars are bagged and tagged while the inhabitants of the house are interviewed. These products will be sent to a lab and tested. If they meet legal requirements, they will be returned. If they don’t, they will be destroyed, and a formal criminal prosecution will begin. Not all products that purport to lighten the skin are illegal, but many creams from outside the EU contain chemicals banned under safety regulations. These include mercury and hydroquinone – which with prolonged … [Read more...] about Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped?
by Craig Smith March 6 2018, 8.37am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week A St Andrews care worker has had a condition placed on his registration after the Scottish Social Services Council ruled his fitness to practice had been impaired. Andrew Bull, who worked as a care assistant at Bupa’s Balnacarron home, has been ordered to submit a “substantial reflective account” to the SSSC covering the need to follow proper policies and procedures following a number of allegations made in relation to his conduct in 2015. He has also been told to complete two specialist qualifications within the next six months. At a disciplinary hearing, the SSSC heard how on September 7 2015 Mr Bull failed to wash a resident and failed to apply cream to the resident’s skin, causing the person distress. He then falsely told colleagues that he had washed the resident when he had not. … [Read more...] about ‘At best neglectful, at worst…abusive’ — St Andrews care worker sanctioned following investigation
A Northamptonshire County Council-funded care home that left a vulnerable man with soiled sheets and failed to give him medication has been slammed in a watchdog report. A Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found serious failings at the home, which is in the wider Northampton area, but whose location cannot be revealed to protect the man's identity. The failings meant the man was admitted to hospital with cellulitis - a painful skin infection - six months after his family first raised their concerns. They included staff not ensuring the man took his medication at the correct time, leaving him with soiled sheets or no sheets at all, not removing snacks from his room for days, and leaving him without a TV remote control for four days. Additionally the investigation found the council did not do enough to ensure his care bills were going to the correct address, which meant by the time he received them, a large invoice had built up. Local Government and Social … [Read more...] about Northamptonshire care home left man with soiled sheets and sent his bills to the wrong address