June 9, 2011
Court Papers give a terrifying look into extensive nursing home abuse which is said to have occurred for a number of years at Rostrevor House nursing home in Dublin, Ireland. The nursing home was recently closed by the Health Information and Quality Authority.
Legal documents say the elderly nursing home residents were repeatedly physically and verbally abused. Neglect also appears to have been widespread as their were a high amount of resident falls. The nursing home managers appear to have been silent on the abuse.
“I say that I have serious and immediate concerns regarding the life, health and welfare of the residents of the nursing home,” said Dr Tracey Cooper, Health Information and Quality Authority chief inspector.
Immigrant staff members at the nursing home did not report the abuse out of fear they would lose their visas.
One male care worker in particular was said to be particularly violent and abusive to residents, even to the point of repeatedly kicking an elderly man on the ground.
Horror stories such as this report out of Ireland serve as a dramatic reminder that we all need to be vigilant about nursing home abuse. We need to report any suspected abuse or neglect to the police immediately and if you or a loved one was abused you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.