Elderly care campaigner Jayne Connery has called for elderly abuse to be made a hate crime.
Jayne, who founded the Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, is joining calls for a change in the criminal justice system to ensure that those who abuse elderly and vulnerable people feel the force of the law.
“The stories I hear every single day are heart-breaking,” Jayne said.
“Sometimes it is poor standards of care but I also learn all too often about horrific abuse of the most vulnerable people.
“My own mother was slapped in her care home and I felt completely helpless. Individuals who are in a position of trust who carry out heinous crimes against the elderly should be dealt with in the same way as those who commit any other type of aggravated offence. It is, and should be classed as, a hate crime.”
The former news agency reporter launched Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCTV) more than five years ago, following her mother’s experiences in the care sector. The campaign now has more than 55,000 supporters on social media, with many sharing their own experiences of family members’ inadequate care, and worse.
“It seems much of society is ignorant of our vulnerable elderly being abused with little or, in most cases, no criminal convictions against their abusers,” Jayne added.
“It isn’t so much a national tragedy but a national disgrace and the Government has to step up and change this.
“Care Campaign for the Vulnerable was started to champion safety monitoring in communal areas in care and nursing homes for peace of mind for both vulnerable residents and their families and carers.
“Five years on, following huge success, we now offer a free advocacy service to help support families and carers. The more stories I hear from families the more determined I am to continue to champion the rights of people living in the care sector.”