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No, there is no reason. But shouldn't they have got their facts straight (ie statements from accusors, maybe photos, before they leapt in. As it is, they didn't get statements until 4 weeks after the 'event'. My mum is very proud, and she has lost 7 weeks of sleep about this. Surely they can not make accusations, and then just be 'let off the hook'?
PS I really consider the management of the Care Agency to blame, but I don't think Social Services should have leapt in so quickly, as now apparently the statements say the cable was 'lying on the bed' ... The Social Worker had initially talked about 'tied' and 'knots' ...
We certainly do not accept his legs were tied up (apart from anything else he is not able to get out of bed unaided, and has guard rails up!) I think the Carer was badly trained. The Social Worker initially used the words 'tied' and 'knot', the Carer did not log it, photograph it, make a statement about it, or draw it to my mum's attention, and then when she eventually did make a statement (after 4 weeks) it talked about the cable lying on top of the bed. When the Social Worker first attended, and reported on the phone call she had taken (but prior to any written report the Carer had made) my mum asked the social worker if the words 'tied' and 'knot' had specifically been used, and the social worker said that they had.
Well, I have to say, whilst it may not be slander, it was an inaccurate 'accusation'. All my mum is seeking is an apology (as she is very proud, and knows that 'mud sticks') from the Agency (who incidentally she is paying a great deal of money to). Maybe I shouldn't have used the word 'slander' as it possibly suggests she is out for financial recompense. I suppose the alternative is not to pay a team of 20 individuals into your home, in order to keep your elderly relative out of NHS beds. Surely, if it were a criminal case and the police were involved, they would have had to have got their facts right before accusing someone of 'harm'?
Not by Social Services, no, but by the Care Agency surely.