October 26, 2012
A local nursing home in Merstham was recently cited when it failed inspection after officials found signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Barn House, a privately owned nursing home off of Quality Street, was inspected after the personal appearances of the nursing home residents were found to be unkempt and substandard by their families. After an investigation, inspectors uncovered a plethora of incidents in which the nursing home residents were mishandled and not treated with the common courtesy that an average citizen should expect.
Additionally, several residents were found in stained, soiled clothing during a surprise inspection earlier this year in August. Other residents had dirty hair and nails, indicating that they’ve not been given a regular shower.
Deputy director of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Ian Biggs, stated that if any nursing home resident is found to be living under the standards that citizens are entitled to, then the nursing home will be cited:
“People living in care homes are entitled to have their privacy and dignity respected by those taking care of them, and it is disappointing to see that basic courtesy did not come as standard practice in this home. Our inspectors will return in the near future to carry out another unannounced inspection. If we find that the home is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers further to protect the people who live there.”
The families of the nursing home victims have not yet stated whether they will retain the services of a nursing home abuse lawyer. However, if either the victims or families choose to do so, the employees and the nursing home itself will face civil charges along with her citation.