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    Orchid View: Five of the Residents remembered.

    Posted by Admin on 20 October 2013 | Category: In "care" Abuse of the Elderly.

    5 victims

    A coroner has said that a care home in West Sussex where 19 residents died was riddled with "institutionalised abuse". The hearing, in Horsham, heard concerns about staffing, training and use of medicine at Orchid View in Copthorne, near Crawley.

    The inquest looked into the deaths of Jean Halfpenny, Wilfred Gardner, Percy Bates, Ellen Bates, Graham Miller, Maisie Martin, Maureen Donaghey, Margaret Tucker, John Holmes, Enid Trodden, Bertram Jerome, Doris Fielding, Jean Leatherbarrow, Ethel Mehemet, Brenda Anderson, Winifred Redhead, Vera Redmond, Barbara Wilkinson and Ronald Kenward.

    Coroner Penelope Schofield said the 19 residents suffered "sub-optimal" care. She ruled that all had died from natural causes, but five of those died from natural causes "which had been attributed to by neglect". Catch up on this story here.

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    Orchid View: Home riddled by 'institutional abuse'.

    Posted by Admin on 17 October 2013 | Category: In "care" Abuse of the Elderly.

    Davina Lily - an abuser

    A care home where 19 residents died was riddled with "institutionalised abuse", a coroner has said. Penelope Schofield has ruled neglect contributed to five of the deaths, at Orchid View in Copthorne, near Crawley.

    The West Sussex coroner said the home, then run by Southern Cross, was "mismanaged and understaffed".

    Ms Schofield has also criticised the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which gave the home a "good" rating in 2010, a year before it closed down. This is truly a heart-breaking case. Catch up on this story here.

  • elder abuse on the rise.

    Almost 300 suspected cases reported every day last year. Includes neglect, physical attacks and mental cruelty More than a third of abusers are care workers Changes to Care Bill demanded to bring perpetrators to justice

    The number of elderly people being abused has soared by more than a quarter in a year – and a third of the perpetrators never face justice.

    Almost 300 suspected cases were reported to local authorities every day last year, making a total of 105,000 – a huge 28 per cent increase on the 82,000 from 2011. More than a quarter of the cases involved someone aged at least 85. Catch up on this story here.

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    Meet the "Carers": Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae.

    Posted by Admin on 14 June 2013 | Category: In "care" Abuse of the Elderly.

    Davina Lily - an abuser

    Henretta Offae, pictured right, and Titilayo Ajala, pictured, left, both deny 19 charges - one for every resident affected - of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks a capacity, between January 1 and August 19, 2011. Shocking: A jury was shown a picture of two care home assistants Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae apparently asleep on the night-shift after allegedly unplugging the alarms of the elderly and infirm people

    Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae are accused of falling asleep during their 9pm to 7am night-shift at Westlands care home in Olney, near Milton Keynes.

    The care home assistants were allegedly discovered fast asleep in lounge armchairs on August 19 with a fan heater running by their care home manager Salina Ballard. The home, run by St Andrews Care Home Ltd, charges £580 pounds per week per patient. Catch up on this story here.

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    Meet the thieves and killers.

    Posted by Admin on 31 January 2013 | Category: Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

    Richard Lowery - a thief

    Retired bus conductor Barry Reeve, 67, was found murdered in his home in Norwich, Norfolk, in February last year.

    It is thought he lay dying for up to 48 hours after the attack, during which he was punched, stamped on and slashed with a knife in an attempt to force him to disclose his PIN number so the pair could take his money.

    Drug addicts Kelly Barnes, 32, and Jodie Barnes, 31, of Norwich, who were in a civil partnership, had both denied murder, blaming one another for the killing.

    Jailing them for life, Judge Peter Jacobs said: "The man who you killed was frail, old and vulnerable and lived on his own". Full story here.

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    Woman stole from her 98 year old Gran.

    Posted by Admin on 20 January 2013 | Category: Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

    Richard Lowery - a thief

    A Woman raided thousands of pounds from her ailing 98-year-old grandmother’s life savings, spending the cash on shopping trips, a court heard..

    Jayne Godsmark, a 41-year-old mum-of-two, was given power of attorney over Kathleen Aldredge’s financial affairs when she developed dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Godsmark has already repaid around £1,000, and has agreed to sign a legal document removing herself from Mrs Eldredge’s will. Full story here.

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    Meet a conman and a thief: Richard Lowery.

    Posted by Admin on 20 January 2013 | Category: Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

    Richard Lowery - a thief

    A 'son' who robbed the great-grandmother who brought him up of her £56,000 life savings has been jailed for 18 months.

    Richard Lowery, 24, was abandoned by his parents at the age of four and given a roof over his head by Brenda Lowery, 91.

    He repaid her kindness by systematically dipping into her bank account over a seven-year period for living expenses and even to pay £575 in court fines, Sheffield Crown Court heard. Full story here.

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