Care home residents were left to eat with their fingers

ELDERLY residents at a scandal-hit care home were left to eat stew with their fingers, a damning report has revealed. A watchdog uncovered the practice among a catalogue of major problems at the Elsie Inglis centre in Edinburgh last month – but only published its detailed findings last night. Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) gave the home the worst possible grades – four “unsatisfactories” – and last week told the business it had until today to clean up its act or face closure. As revealed by The Herald, Elsie Inglis is now at the centre of a police investigation into the circumstances of the death of a 59-year-old resident with Down’s syndrome last week. But inspectors last month had already discovered serious problems with the care of residents, including basic communication and elementary hygiene. The SCSWIS team, which visited Elsie Inglis on April 20, found residents eating from chipped tableware “not fit for use”, some using their fingers.

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