Sunday 26 May 2019

Eviction threats to care home residents

The inspection also found inappropriate use of restraint of some residents (stock image)
The inspection also found inappropriate use of restraint of some residents (stock image)
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Nursing homes served or threatened to serve "notices to quit" on residents in 59 cases highlighted by advocacy group Sage.

In one case, a resident was asked to leave after a family member complained about nursing home charges. In another, a nursing home "mentioned" a notice to quit to a relative who complained about the quality of care in a nursing home.

The figures include a number of cases in which nursing homes suggested they were unable to meet the resident's care needs, referring to their "behaviour".

The data lends support to claims that some nursing homes avoid taking in residents with challenging behaviour and cherry-pick those who are least dependent.

The figures are in a briefing document by Sage for Jim Daly, the minister responsible for older people. The group has been highlighting how older people in nursing homes have little security of tenure, and in some cases can be asked to leave with "immediate effect".

One case study refers to an 85-year-old woman with dementia who was served notice to quit because of her behaviour, which was considered aggressive.

On three occasions, the nursing home dealt with the elderly woman's aggressive episodes by sending her by ambulance to the emergency department. On one occasion, the woman was discharged from the hospital back to the nursing home in the middle of the night, causing confusion and upset for the woman and which her family believed was "inhumane".

Sunday Independent

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