The daughter of an elderly man who she said had been “not washed for days” in a care home said his last days were so bleak that his death came as a “relief.”
Joseph Ainsworth, 83, was admitted to the Rowan Garth Nursing Home in Anfield on March 20 last year – three days before the first lockdown began.
The retiree, father of two, grandfather of three and great-grandfather of one, died at home on May 15 after a second stroke.
At the time, his family said they had watched him leave his room for hours with the door closed, sometimes unwashed, sometimes naked from the waist down, and sometimes dehydrated and screaming for a nurse.
His daughter, Lynne Carville, said: ‘My father was my mother’s caretaker, he was very healthy and he was a very fit man until the day he had his stroke.
‘But even after that he was still very much there, he was compos mentis.
“It sounds strange, but after his death there was a huge sense of relief that he wasn’t tortured every second of the day.
“In the end we just wanted to forget about it and remember him for what he was like.”
Joseph Ainsworth’s daughter (pictured right) who she said had been ‘not washed for days’ at Rowan Garth care home at Anfield, said his final days were so bleak that his death came as a ‘relief’
Rowan Garth was criticized this week by watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an inspection revealed a chaotic and poorly managed operation, with a ‘lack of understanding at all levels about roles and responsibilities’.
The condition of the facility, run by Bloomcare, part of Wellington Healthcare (Ardern), was so appalling, said Hayley Moore, chief of the adult social care inspectorate: “This kind of care is absolutely unacceptable, and no one should ever to live.’
After reading that report, Lynne spoke out, describing what she says her “beautiful dad” endured in his final weeks with Rowan Garth.
The retired factory worker was fit and healthy but suffered a stroke on December 5, 2019, which caused partial paralysis and severe mobility problems.
Lynne said she and her family were reassured when they first met Rowan Garth’s staff, but said “everything changed” after the lockdown.
She said: ‘From the lockdown when they knew no one could get in, things went from bad to worse. They were terrible to us.
His family says that Joseph died after a second stroke in the house and that he weighed six stones
“We had to stand outside the window and talk to him and some days we could see that he hadn’t cleaned his teeth for days, there was so much white stuff on his teeth.
“The stroke allowed him to move only one side of his body, but they kept putting the table with his water on the paralyzed side, so when we saw him he was completely dehydrated.
“They never dressed him properly or cleaned him properly. He wore the same T-shirt with food on it for three days.’
Lynne said her father lost a lot of weight in a short period of time, which her daughter, Jade Ainsworth, reported to Social Services.
She said a doctor got involved and prescribed some fortified nutritional drinks to help him gain weight, but Joseph died a short time later — his family said he weighed around six pounds.
Jade said: ‘When we visited him once, he yelled ‘nurse, nurse’ for about 20 minutes, but no one came.
Earlier this year, the CQC criticized Rowan Garth for his ‘chaotic and poorly managed operation’
“I went to tell the front desk and they just said, ‘we’re busy’.
“It was inhumane, it was just watching someone you love deteriorate. Some days he would have nothing [clothing] at him.
“We know he was in a bad situation, he couldn’t walk and we weren’t in a position to take him home because my grandmother wasn’t strong enough to take care of him – we were kind of stuck.”
Lynne said her father was stoic and wouldn’t make a fuss about his treatment.
She said, “He would say to me ‘don’t explain, don’t complain’.”
Bloomcare did not respond to a request for comment on Joseph’s treatment.
However, the company previously issued a statement in response to the scathing CQC inspection, saying: “We recognize that there were areas where we did not meet the high standards that our residents and family members rightly expect and deserve, and we have taken immediate action. and have a comprehensive action plan. to tackle this.’
Liverpool City Council has also said the adult social care team assesses every resident of Rowan Garth ‘to ensure their needs are adequately met’.