A1 Journal article – refereed

Neglecting the care of older people in residential care settings: A national document analysis of complaints reported to the Finnish supervisory authority

List of Authors: Kangasniemi M, Papinaho O, Moilanen T, Leino-Kilpi H, Siipi H, Suominen S, Suhonen R

Publisher: WILEY

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Health and Social Care in the Community


Journal acronym: HEALTH SOC CARE COMM

Number of pages: 12

ISSN: 0966-0410

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13538

URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13538

Neglecting to provide older people with the care they need in residential care settings leads to human suffering and increased service needs. Research is lacking on neglect in older people's residential care and one way to assess the key issues is to study complaints. The aim of this study was to analyse official complaints related to allegations of neglect in residential care settings caring for older people in Finland. The data covered 317 complaints that were recorded in the national database in 2018 and 2019. The analysis of the complaints yielded 2,922 observations of neglect in older people's care in residential care settings. Based on our results, most of the complaints were made by family members when the patients were alive and their motivation was to improve the care their relative received, as well as the care of others, in the residential care home. The complaints focused on neglecting clinical care, including restricting older people's movements, not providing daily activities and not paying sufficient attention to their hygiene and secretions. Other complaints included issues relating to nutrition, medication, communication and issues that compromised their privacy, respect and dignity. Nearly three of four complaints identified staffing issues in relation to neglect and most of the complaints concerned private, rather than public, residential care homes. Although the complaints only concerned a small proportion of the annual care provided, more attention should be paid to care practices that prevent neglect in residential care and to multi-level monitoring for dignified care.

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