Care Home Elderly 'Badly Neglected' by Hospital Staff; OAPs Suffer 'Poor and Humiliating' Treatment on Wards
Byline: MIKE MACEACHERAN
SCOTLAND'S elderly are being neglected and humiliated by hospital staff, according to a survey of care home bosses.
They warn that OAPs are consistently poorly treated when taken from nursing homes to hospital for treatment.
In the survey of more than 130 homes by the BBC's Frontline Scotland team, care bosses experienced 'excessive' problems over the past year during hospital visits for their clients.
Nearly three-quarters said their residents did not receive their medicines quickly enough, were transferred in humiliating and distressing ways, or were left waiting on trolleys for lengthy periods.
More worryingly, 70 per cent admitted residents had endured serious clinical problems, including exposure to MRSA and a basic failure to clean and feed them.
In one case, an elderly woman patient was left in agony after staff failed to diagnose her broken pelvis. She was also put in the humiliating situation of twice being discovered sitting in her own waste by her daughter when she came to visit.
Anne Campion, manager of the Belleville Lodge Nursing Home in Edinburgh, told the programme - Scotland's Elderly: Failed and Forgotten - of her experiences of visiting one resident in hospital.
She said: 'On two or three occasions I found her in a dishevelled state. Her hair was ungroomed, her teeth very rarely dealt with and she wasn't being given assistance to maintain even basic levels of personal grooming.' David Mannion, of Age Concern Scotland, last night said the findings were 'shocking'.
He added: 'We are not surprised older people receive a less than perfect service. But some of the things highlighted in the programme are actually of much greater concern. …