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It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no less

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By Paula Davey

9th August 2017 - 0 comments

Loganberry Lodge, Stanway, Colchester

My father has vascular dementia. He was sent to a home via the hospital. His time at this facility was very stressful - horrific for his family to witness and resulting in us losing more of him quicker. Dad was left unwashed and unshaven for days. His clothes put away in his wardrobe unwashed, ready to wear again even though clearly covered in mess. On one occasion family members were left to bath him and put on clean clothes as a carer had refused to do so. Pages from his Care Plan kept on 'disappearing' written that he had gone missing - all was denied - even though the notes had been seen and read by us, his family. Mum asked for his toe nails to be cut as they were hurting him, when we got dad out the home we found they had never been cut and were so long they had curled over and were digging into his skin. Also his toes and ankles had dried faeces on them which had been there a while because it had stained his skin. Dad wanted to do painting, something he always loved doing but wasn't allowed to do and never encouraged - as they said other residents would eat or drink the paint. The day we got our Dad out , we found him very upset as we were told by dad a male carer had got him round his throat and hurt him locking him in his room. All of this left our Dad very scared and anxious with him thinking everyone was going to hurt him, especially male carers. We were all devastated.'

Hazell Court Care Home, Sudbury Suffolk

Dad has been at Hazel Court since the 24th March 2017 and what a difference!!! He started off not letting any male carers near him, the home understood him and he started having just female carers, but the home worked with him and excepts both to help him attend his needs with no problems. Dad is always clean in appearance and shaven, clothes washed, pressed and hung in wardrobe. He's allowed to chose what he would like to wear each day to help keep his independence. Dad has been allowed to do his art again whether it be drawing or painting, he loves to lay the tables and clear away again something he is doing everyday. I've seen the carers take time to sit with him and have a laugh together and carry out their duty of care as it should be. ''

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It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no less

Jayne Connery, Founder Care Campaign for the Vulnerable

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