Adults in Hospital or Residential Care

Vulnerable adults in hospital or residential care, frequently express feelings of loneliness and isolation. They may quickly become institutionalised and find their individuality ebbing away. They can feel threatened by authority and at the mercy of those who administer care. They no longer have a voice. It is a basic human right to live a life free from abuse, neglect or harm of any form.

Whilst it is not the role of the church to investigate abuse, neglect or harm administered by a third party it is the role of any visitor to report any disclosure by the resident or witness of abuse to the designated Church Safeguarding Officer, Ward Manager or Care Home Manager and then to ask later for details of what happened next.

Alternatively visitors may witness some examples of really good care and attention being given to a vulnerable person and passing this on to the church and relatives (if appropriate) can provide comfort and re-assurance on this and for future occasions.

It’s really important in these cases to take some identification such as a visiting card as the staff on duty may not know who the visitor is and which church or organisation is being represented. Also a courtesy call in advance to the care home or hospital ward may be helpful to avoid arriving at an inappropriate time.