Legacy of better care for great-grandmother abused at Beverley residential home

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THE FAMILY of a great-grandmother who was “neglected in the worst possible way” at an East Riding care home have said they hoped her legacy would ensure others are afforded better care.

Dementia sufferer Freda Jobson, 87, died at the weekend, three years after she was removed from the Keldgate Manor Residential Home Care Home in Beverley, where spy camera footage recorded her carers taunting her. The footage, which showed three female carers laughing as they asked Mrs Jobson if she was a witch who “performed black magic” before a bandage was removed from a sore on her elbow and wrapped around her head, gained national media attention.

The women admitted a neglect charge, and were all sacked by the company soon after the abuse footage surfaced. The care home has now closed.

Hudgell’s Solicitors is continuing to pursue legal action against the home in relation to the care it provided to Mrs Jobson. She was found to have horrifying pressure sores so bad they were classed as being the worst level.

Solicitor Lauren Dale said Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which was responsible for the district nurses treating Mrs Jobson at the home, have admitted liability for the poor management of the sores she developed.

She said the residential home itself continues to deny any responsibility for the pressure sores developing, claiming its role was to provide only residential and not nursing care. They could not be reached for comment.

Following her removal from the home, Mrs Jobson was cared for at East Riding Community Hospital, and her daughter Maddy praised staff for the “three precious years” they gave the family. She said the Humber NHS Trust, which also runs the community hospital, had made changes in how district nurses report any sores which she says will “hopefully prevent other similar cases”.

She added: “That is what I wanted. I wanted change. I didn’t want anybody else’s loved ones to be suffering from abuse or neglect.”

A Trust spokesman said: “Though the Trust regrets the shortcomings in the district nursing we provided to her at the care home, we are glad Mrs Jobson’s family is assured by our response and determination to prevent any repetition.”