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Care home staff placed bets on patient's death

TT/The Local/gm · 27 Aug 2011, 22:37

Published: 27 Aug 2011 22:37 GMT+02:00

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The three staff members, one permanent, two temporary, were reported by another temporary worker at the home, which is run by Attendo Care.

Apparently when the sick patient did eventually die the staff members involved then compounded the situation by mocking the victim and putting sunglasses on the corpse.

It was a temporary worker who was at the death bed of the patient that reported the incident to her superiors who then filed a police report, with the trio also having been reported to the police after admitting to their actions.

Jonas Morian, press officer at Attendo Care, told Smålandsposten said that the three staff members admitted responsibility straight away.

”Yes, they admitted it, but there were varying degrees of how seriously they perceived it to be,” he said.

Attendo Care has come under fire recently with a series of allegations made against the company for its treatment of patients at the homes it runs.

In one case in Uppsala, a man suffering from cancer was left so long lying in his own faeces that it had dried up before he was finally treated.

Meanwhile, in a second case in a nursing home in Lidingö near Stockholm, a patient went 14 days without having their bandages changed.

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The company stands accused of cutting staff to unacceptable levels in order to increase profits - Attendo Care’s turnover increased by 44 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Dagens Industri.

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09:03 August 28, 2011 by countrysidedrive
I have a friend who is very caring and loves helping the elderly. But she wants to quit her job. Because many of her co-workers are very mean to the patients. She complained and her boss said she couldnt do anything for one reason or another. Now her co-workers hate her for complaining that they are mean. I would say there is a serious problem and I hope its fixed soon. Because It sure is sad that maybe my family or myself will someday be in the care of mean people who bet on our deaths and they cant be fired. Shame on those who allow this.
09:07 August 28, 2011 by HYBRED
"placing bets on when one of the patients would die".

I'll take a100kr Harry Boy for next week,please.
09:08 August 28, 2011 by Boar
I think the most is to blame are such companies. Mötherfukörs, they need to understand the struggle the staff does to take care of so many patients. Of course some staff members are wicked too. That's another part here.
09:49 August 28, 2011 by conboy
The situation was not much better when the state ran the homes but it has not improved but has worsened since privatization. This is not a country to grow old in.
10:41 August 28, 2011 by benomax
A person in this kind of employment must be a compassionate person and very patient. If one does not possess such quality then why do that job for money. It is a very sad to see people behave like that, without according respect for those helpless elderly ones. Employers should carry out a background check on applicants before they are employed, to ascertain their competency.
11:03 August 28, 2011 by bolababu
@Benomax, who cares anymore about compassion and patience? ..the message of capitalism is make profits at any cost, human lives are refered to as collateral damage.
11:20 August 28, 2011 by J Jack
respect the elderly.
13:40 August 28, 2011 by Svensksmith
respect the elderly...some day it will be you!
16:18 August 28, 2011 by StockholmSam
This is similar to what is happening in school systems as privatization and its profit motive take root. Not that they are dressing dead students up and mocking them, mind you...just that staff are overworked, underqualified and constantly threatened with redundancy "or else." The wrong people are in those positions (teachers and eldercare workers) and even when the right people are there, they get overwhelmed by the situation and either turn mean or quit. I have no idea what the solution is.
22:00 August 28, 2011 by johan rebel
As if public employees are better by definition . . . . I recall a case where a "caring" carer spat a patient in the face, another where the victim got her own faeces rubbed all over her. In both instances the perpetrators were employed by the municipality. Needless to say, the union sued for unfair dismiissal. In one case they even won, on a technicality. Only in Sweden!
22:26 August 28, 2011 by eddie123
this is a sad thing to happen and it shows how unprofessional some staff can become. i personally think that the situation will improve if more employees in this profession come from cultures were respect for elders is paramount - say africans and asians. i know for a fact that africans care for their elderly folks at home. most immigrants are jobless in Sweden and they can actually step into professions like care giving which they already possess a natural flair for. more over, they (afro-asians) are compassionate and humane. they care about people more than they do about cats and dogs.
23:43 August 28, 2011 by jacquelinee
Just more of the same in Swedish death/care homes. I am truly amazed they were fired. Nothing will happen in court though. In Sweden for SURE, that old rock song rings true..."I hope I die before I get old" or maybe they should write a new one "Gotta get out of Sweden before I get old." Criminal. Just plain horrifically criminal.
14:09 August 29, 2011 by soultraveler3
This is beyond disgusting.

How can those people live with themselves knowing how they treat patients that are helpless and depend on them? It's sick people that could do this or even stand by and watch it happen.

Firing them should be the first step, they should be sent to jail and be made to pay a huge fine and do community service afterwards. A psych evaluation shouldn't be out of the question either.
14:13 August 29, 2011 by izbz
That happens when the government agreed heath care to be privatised. Cut cost at the wrong areas and mayb tax those who are earning lots of money less. Just compare a pensioner's tax with a working person's tax in percentage....Privatise electric companies.....ya....help with country's budget but did it help with consumers' budget?????

So go ahead....privatise everything....don't forget we are the one who pay politicians' lön with our taxes.

Sad to say alot of the younger generation have no respect for the older people like in Asian countries. In most Asian countries we are taught from young to be respectful to elders even those that are not related to us.

Put these 3 person in prison...then we can place bets that they will be sodomise or beaten up by inmates once the inmates find what they are in for. I place 100 kr bet they will have a bad time in prison.
10:48 August 30, 2011 by cogito
You are in Sweden now. This is how we do things in Sweden. When in Rome....abuse the oldies.

The neglect and abuse of the elderly has nothing to do with privatisation. It was the same under the Social Dems., but there was less transparency then. They were better at covering up the horrors of eldercare in Sweden.
16:34 September 2, 2011 by tadchem
They should never have watched "Weekend at Bernie's."
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