News ID: 195061
Published: 0624 GMT 19 Jun 2017

Elderly kept indoors for days in UK's care homes

Elderly kept indoors for days in UK's care homes

Elderly and vulnerable people in the UK are being denied trips to the loo and kept indoors for days on end, a shock survey found.

Severe staff shortages in residential care homes are being blamed by public service union Unison, thesun.co.uk reported.

Four out of five staff said they are so rushed they are compromising the dignity and well-being of people they look after.

Most of them claim they regularly work through their breaks at private or local authority care homes.

The union said its research revealed a 'worrying picture' of residents being denied the most basic levels of care.

More than a quarter of care workers said they did not have the time to help elderly people eat and drink.

They said they were often too busy to chat or take people to the loo and outside for fresh air.

Nine in 10 of 1,000 surveyed blamed a lack of staff.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Government must act now to fund social care properly.”

Secret filming at a £1,000-a-week Bupa dementia care home in Chester uncovers alleged 'textbook institutional abuse', including patients left for hours in soiled sheets.

   
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