Belfast Telegraph

Children of Dunmurry care home staff coming home in tears, management claims

The children of staff at Dunmurry care home are coming home in tears after being told their mothers are "sex abusers", management of the facility has claimed.

The facility has come under fire since a report was published earlier this month by the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland (COPNI) revealing poor conditions and treatment of residents at the home.

Highlighted in the report were incidents of resident-on-resident sexual abuse, elderly people left for hours in urine-soaked clothing, residents going without food and water and some residents having to go without medication.

Runwood Homes, which manages the facility, said the PSNI had been contacted following a string of incidents in which staff had faced threats of intimidation.

It said one of these involved a gang of people showing up at the premises in a car and shouting abuse at staff, something police had been called to earlier on Thursday.   

"It is with great sadness and concern we confirm this is just the latest in a series of incidents involving care staff working at Dunmurry Manor, who have come under serious and sustained attack since the publication of the COPNI report on June 13," the statement read.

The care home said the incidents had happened despite most of the current staff not working at the care home when many of the abuses happened, and it had had passed all inspections in the past 15 months.

It said staff at the home had received death threats and threats of rape through social media, along with a number of other incident of intimidation.

These included: a care assistant being attacked with a bottle; staff being jeered at in the street, a nurse having her home window smashed and her car tyres slashed; aggressive phone calls to the care home's reception; members of staff being refused service in local shops; and cars approaching the building in what it describes as an "aggressive manner".

The board of directors at Runwood Homes has been working with new management and a senior team to improve standards at the care home.

The PSNI has been contacted for comment.

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