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Cambridgeshire County Council (13 016 935)

Category : Adult care services > Residential care

Decision : Upheld

Decision date : 20 Jan 2015

Summary

Complaint from a woman that the council moved her husband into a residential home against both his and her wishes. She says she was forced to accept this course of action and the council failed to properly consider her preference of care home.

The complaint

Complaint from a woman that the council moved her husband into a residential home against both his and her wishes. She says she was forced to accept this course of action and the council failed to properly consider her preference of care home.

Finding

The Ombudsman upheld the complaint and found fault causing injustice.

Recommendations

To remedy the injustice caused, we recommend the council (within three months of the date of our report):

  • apologise to the woman for the failures outlined in our report. This apology should accept responsibility for the faults, and acknowledge the impact these had on her. It should also include an assurance that the same faults will not happen again, and explain what steps have been taken to ensure this;
  • set a timetable for refresher training for social care staff on mental capacity assessments, best interests decisions, deprivation of liberty and the role of the Court of Protection and how to advise the public on their rights. This may involve the council reviewing the current status of residents who may be deprived of their liberty without proper authorisation; and
  • pay the woman £750 to recognise the distress caused by the failings identified and the time and trouble she has expended in making the complaint.

Ombudsman satisfied with the Council's response: 27 April 2015

 

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