11/22/11, "Basic home care help 'breaching human rights'," BBC
"Basic care for the elderly in their own homes in England is so bad it breaches human rights at times, an inquiry says.
The home care review by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlighted cases of physical abuse, theft, neglect and disregard for privacy and dignity.
It said on many occasions support for tasks such as washing and dressing was "dehumanising" and left people "stripped of self-worth".
The findings have added weight to calls for a complete overhaul of the system.
Campaigners described the situation as "shameful", while councils, which are in charge of providing such services, said without urgent reform services would just get worse...
- Older people not being given enough support to eat and drink, with some staff arguing health and safety restrictions prevented them preparing hot meals.
- Neglect because care workers stick rigidly to their tasks, such as a case when a woman was left stuck on the toilet because staff were too busy.
- Financial abuse, including money being systematically stolen over a period of time.
- Chronic disregard for privacy and dignity, such as leaving people unwashed and putting them to bed in the afternoon.
- Patronising behaviour, with cases highlighted including staff talking on mobile phones while they tended to clients.
- Physical abuse involving pushing and rough handling.
The commission said such problems could be said to be in breach of various parts of the
These seniors just need ObamaCare which provides taxpayer reimbursement for "end of life" counseling. It has been interpreted that this counseling will become mandatory which is not outrageous when you ask where is the money going to come from to pay for 30million new people mandated to free health care. And no additional doctors. Something has to give and it won't be the new voters. ed.