Dementia: At Risk And Neglected

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I removed Maureen from Ashgrove Care Home this afternoon because she was at risk.  On my arrival, they didn’t know where she was.   It took me a while to discover her in an unused part of the building that is accessible and unsupervised.  She was struggling to get out of an unlit room.

Maureen is a shadow of the woman who went into Ashgrove five days ago.  She is very confused and is trying to relate various incidents that continue to give to give her cause for concern.

It would be unfair to detail my concerns in a blog.  Once the dust has settled I will be formulating an official complaint.  I’m so grateful to Jayne Connery for highlighting that CCTV is needed in all Dementia Care Homes: bring it on!

9 thoughts on “Dementia: At Risk And Neglected

  1. An ongoing travesty around the world. I’m so sorry for what is happening, and sadly, tragically, I’m not the least bit surprised. Thanks for documenting your personal experience, which can be used as a tool to create change. More voices are needed.

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  2. I am so sorry this has happened. In many homes here they do have the cameras. They were used on Monday morning to see what happened during the earthquake which was interesting as most took no notice and things just carried on. The cameras are not in areas where anyone’s privacy is invaded. It is not mandatory but happens in a lot of the homes. John’s home has them.

    Has the home told you what happened to Maureen or were they making excuses? Here we are notified if something happens, and most of the time these are minor things. We can then make complaints to the home, if that doesn’t give satisfaction we can make a complaint to the District Health Board. Our boards also do an audit of each home regularly. The reports are then available online to everyone. These help us to make informed decisions about where to place our loved ones.

    I just hope you are able to settle Maureen and find the best way forward. 😇❤️


  3. o my such a horrible time maureen had there.

    when my dad was in the alzheimer’s facility in roseville CA – every month i would call to see how he was doing. and every month i was told the same things. i even wrote them all down so that i could save the people the time of reading their prepared script.

    after he died i found out from the person who had power of attorney that everything the facility had told was a lie. in actuality, my dad had been kept on drugs for the last year and a half of his life because he was apparently violent – and that most days his bed reeked of urine because they were not proactive on cleaning him up each day.

    since i didn’t live in the same state as my parents i had no way of knowing how mistreated he actually was. it wasn’t like i could drive there every day to check up on him – i lived over 1000 miles from where they lived.

    although i had tried 3 years earlier to get them to move to WA state so that i COULD be there for them – my mother ripped up all the papers for the senior place i had found for them and refused to talk to me for almost a year.


      1. Great stuff amazing Susan, this sort of thing needs to be brought to public awareness. Here we have had some cases of elder abuse which are reported via the media. Using our blogs is one way but this sort of thing needs to get a wider audience. Would any papers be interested in following up a story?

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      2. Stories come and go here. Relatively recently a class action suit was initiated in Ontario, Canada; see here:

        And there were these reports in 2013:

        But the problem is reporting the abuse and neglect; here’s why care workers don’t:

        I’m working on a follow up post on why family, friends, and others don’t report the abuse.

        BTW, sorry, I don’t respond to your comments on my comments on your blog, but it’s because I don’t get them. There’s still something wrong with your email address 😦


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