Three care workers who bullied and tormented elderly dementia sufferers at a Lancashire nursing home have been jailed for a total of 17 months. The judge blamed “a lack of proper management” for the culture of abuse at Hillcroft nursing home. Craig Ward*, Solicitor for the Elderly and author of The Law Society’s own guide on Lasting Powers of Attorney comments:
“When care goes wrong there is always a price to pay, often the care of a vulnerable adult. The recent conviction of three care home workers, highlights the necessity to ensure appropriate care is provided. If concerns arise, these should be dealt with immediately. Either by the home, family or friends or by Attorney’s acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney. A Lasting Power of Attorney gives authority to someone you trust to make health and welfare decisions for you, if you are unable to do so, having lost capacity. These are powerful documents enabling a vulnerable adult to have someone to look out for them. Checking to make sure there is nothing wrong with the care they should be receiving.“
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* Craig is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, a CEDR accredited Mediator and author of Lasting Powers of Attorney: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) 2011, The Law Society. Among other things, he provides specialist advice on elderly and community care law and Court of Protection issues (LPAs, Deputyship and Appointeeship applications).