Recent statements in this category are shown below:
Statement Not upheld Domiciliary care 19-Dec-2019
Summary: Mrs D complained about the care of her mother by a Trust, a Council and Community Healthcare Trust. We found some fault with the Community Healthcare Trust, however we consider it took sufficient action to remedy this and the fault did not cause the injustice Mrs D claims.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 19-Dec-2019
Summary: The Care Provider did not adequately record Mr D's fluid intake or involve Mrs C when compiling key documents. This has caused Mrs C uncertainty about whether, but for the faults identified, Mr D's health would not have declined. The Care Provider has already taken steps to address the failures identified. It has also agreed to apologise to Mrs C for the uncertainty and distress caused by these failures and make procedural changes.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 18-Dec-2019
Summary: Mrs B complained about actions taken by a Care Provider, including a missed care visit to her husband, Mr B, leaving him in distressing circumstances. We cannot safely conclude that the Care Provider informed Mr and Mrs B that the visit would be late and we find it failed to follow up subsequent calls and messages from Mrs B. We have asked the Care Provider to pay Mr and Mrs B £300.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 17-Dec-2019
Summary: Mr X complained Helping Hands sent inexperienced carers to look after his father, Mr Y. He said this caused his father distress and put him to unnecessary time and trouble. There was fault in the Care Provider's actions because the carers were inexperienced, there was no up to date care plan in place and some visits were late and poorly spaced out. This caused some injustice for Mr X and Mr Y.
The Care Provider has put forward a satisfactory remedy for Mr Y.
It has agreed to make a payment to Mr X and remind staff of the need to accurately complete care visit records.
Statement Not upheld Domiciliary care 10-Dec-2019
Summary: Ms B complains about what happened when the hospital discharged her father. The complaint has concerns about both the Council and NHS Trust. At this stage Ms B has not made a complaint to the NHS Trust. It is better for the Ombudsmen to investigate the whole complaint, so I have discontinued investigation at this stage. The NHS Trust should be allowed the opportunity to investigate. If they cannot resolve Ms B's complaint she can revert to the Ombudsmen for a full investigation. It is difficult to separate the issues about the Council from the issues about the NHS Trust.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 09-Dec-2019
Summary: We uphold a complaint about failures in Mr D's home care. The Council failed to ensure Mr D's care was delivered in line with his eligible needs. Care was not in line with section 18 of the Care Act, which was fault causing avoidable distress. To remedy the injustice, the Council will apologise and pay Mr D £1000.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 08-Dec-2019
Summary: Mrs C complains about the quality of care the Council provided to her late husband. There was fault in the way care records were recorded and maintained. The Council has agreed to apologise and make a payment to Mrs C to remedy the injustice caused. It has also agreed to remind its care provider about the importance of maintaining accurate records.
Statement Not upheld Domiciliary care 03-Dec-2019
Summary: Miss X complained about the Council's decision to change her care package and reduce the length of carer visit times. I have discontinued my investigation. The Council has already reviewed Miss X's care and has reinstated her care package to the previous level which meets her needs. Further investigation would unlikely lead to a different outcome.
Statement Not upheld Domiciliary care 02-Dec-2019
Summary: There is no evidence Mr X suffered any injustice as a result of the carer's actions.
Statement Upheld Domiciliary care 29-Nov-2019
Summary: Mrs X has complained about the care and support provided to Miss Y. She is also unhappy with the Care Provider's decision to terminate its service agreement with Miss Y. There is evidence of fault by the Care Provider.