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Daughter hid secret camera to spy on staff treating mother at Cricklewood care home

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 07 March 2016

Anahita Behrooz and her children before their grandmother Mahbubeh went into care at Landsdowne Care Home in Cricklewood

Anahita Behrooz and her children before their grandmother Mahbubeh went into care at Landsdowne Care Home in Cricklewood

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The daughter of a woman who suffered painful bed sores before she died claims she has secret camera footage that shows staff at a home in Cricklewood falsified her care records.

Anahita Behrooz, 52, says the video shows staff at Landsdowne Care Home in Claremont Road, left her mother Mahbubeh Ghadimabadian lying on her back while claiming she had been turned every two hours to prevent the ulcers.

Mrs Ghadimabadian, who died last week aged 91, suffered painful weeping lesions and a blackened foot.

Her daughter became so concerned for her mother she asked family members to visit her every day and hid a camera in her room to spy on staff.

Mrs Behrooz said despite care records claiming her mother had been turned routinely the footage shows this was not the case.

She told the Times: “My mother was not a well or healthy woman when she was admitted to Landsdowne in August but she deserved to spend her last few months in dignity, and I do not believe this appalling level of neglect offered her that.

In the last few weeks of her life Mrs Ghadimabadian was heavily medicated and bed-ridden.

She said: “I went and sat with her for hours on end and she wasn’t moved once.

“I remember walking into her room after she had to be rushed to hospital from the care home and there was this foul smell and then I saw her foot and her back, it was just awful.”

Adding that she wants full access to all her mother’s care records, she said: “I hope the testimony of a daughter at her mother’s bedside has more value to the authorities than ticks placed in boxes on my mother’s care plan.”

The care home was rated ‘good’ by inspectors for the Care Quality Commission in July last year.

A spokesman for Landsdowne Care Home said: “The wellbeing of residents is our first consideration and we are concerned by the complaints and allegations about the care of Mrs Ghadimabadian that have been made by a member of her family.”

Adding that Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were investigating Mrs Behrooz’s claims, he said: “The investigation is ongoing and it is not appropriate to comment on the allegations or pre-judge ahead of the outcome of enquiries.”

A Barnet CCG spokesman said: “‘The CCG is aware of this matter but is unable to comment.

“The CCG takes all allegations of safeguarding concerns very seriously and always ensures that complaints are investigated thoroughly by the relevant authorities and through the correct channels.”

4 comments

  • This home is owned by Four Seasons Healthcare - they own hundreds of care homes in the UK - - worrying isn't it?

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    Lisa H

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • Thank you for your input Lisa and sharing about your Grandmother. I hope people check my mum's Facebook page too. It appears under my name: Anahita Behrooz

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    Anahita

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • Appalling but sadly no longer surprising - CQC inspectors need to be re-assessed, as clearly many of them are not up to the job if this care home was rated "Good" A very similar thing has just happened to my grandmother - who luckily is now in another care home - CQC are still not admitting that anything is amiss with her former care home, despite the unexplained bruises and injuries and the weight loss - when she ended up in hospital with a broken hip, she immediately began to regain weight and become brighter in herself. Anahita: You are not alone and we will all fight to get justice for loved ones who have received appalling "care" and in your lovely mother's case, lost their lives

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    Lisa H

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • Appalling but sadly no longer surprising - CQC inspectors need to be re-assessed, as clearly many of them are not up to the job if this care home was rated "Good" A very similar thing has just happened to my grandmother - who luckily is now in another care home - CQC are still not admitting that anything is amiss with her former care home, despite the unexplained bruises and injuries and the weight loss - when she ended up in hospital with a broken hip, she immediately began to regain weight and become brighter in herself. Anahita: You are not alone and we will all fight to get justice for loved ones who have received appalling "care" and in your lovely mother's case, lost their lives

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    Lisa H

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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