Elderly Resident Scalded

A care home has been fined £30,000 after an elderly resident was placed in a bath that was too hot. The resident, who is unable to speak, was only extricated from the bath after the care home staff noticed her visible distress. She suffered scalding on her hands and feet, but suffered no lasting injury. The two care home staff responsible were not charged, but chose not to return from suspension following the incident. The care home pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety law from its deficiencies in its staff training regime and its plumbing system, and the original fine of £40,000 was reduced to £30,000 following the guilty plea.

 

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