Monday 5 December 2016

Staff claim they saw 'P' abuse five elderly residents

Published 09/06/2011 | 05:00

STAFF members at Rostrevor House made a number of serious allegations of elder abuse following a series of HIQA inspections last month.

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The most serious complaints relate to the alleged abuse of residents by a male care assistant, identified in court papers as P.

RESIDENT ONE:

It is alleged that in late 2010 the male care assistant banged the man's head against a door jamb.

Staff told HIQA inspectors that after the incident P called the staff members together and instructed them to say to the resident's son -- if he asked -- that he had fallen and hit his head on a hoist.

One staff member told HIQA that she reported the incident to Therese Lipsett, who previously ran the home, but no action appeared to have been taken.

In addition, a staff member alleged that on another occasion, when the resident was on the floor, P kicked him a number of times. This was witnessed by one of the staff who requested P to stop, but he did not stop immediately.

The resident passed away in February this year from unrelated causes.

RESIDENT TWO:

The staff members alleged that P routinely took this female resident to the bathroom on his own and had, in the past, told other staff that only he -- on his own -- could do so.

When he did, staff members said they heard the female resident screaming in the toilet and that this was a regular occurrence.

RESIDENT THREE:

One of the staff saw P slapping this resident on the face when he was putting him to bed.

RESIDENT FOUR:

The staff stated that about three years ago, when this lady could communicate, she requested through her daughter that P not interact with her anymore.

One of the staff witnessed the care assistant grabbing her arm in a rough manner and that bruising had appeared on her arm, hence the complaint.

RESIDENT FIVE:

The staff also indicated they witnessed P abusing the resident but did not specify the type or nature of the abuse.

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