Cornwall Care Home Manager Convicted

20/06/2017

Former Registered Manager at Ismeer Residential Care Home, Gorran Haven, Cornwall, Lisa Thomas (42) of St Blazey has today been sentenced at Truro Crown Court in relation to the neglect of a person who lacks capacity, contrary to section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

She was also sentenced for fraud in relation to another care home resident, committed by abusing her position, and administering a drug without prescription to a third resident.

Ismeer Care Home provided care for up to 27 people who required accommodation and individual care, specialising in caring for people with dementia. In December 2014, there were 26 residents living at Ismeer and all of the residents living at the home were elderly. Most of the residents at Ismeer had some form of dementia and some residents had physical or sensory disabilities. The care home is no longer operating.

Ben Samples, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Complex Casework Unit, South West said: "Lisa Thomas was responsible for the residents in her care. Residents, no matter the challenges faced, should be treated with dignity and respect. Lisa Thomas failed on her part. She pleaded guilty to neglect, which was discovered after the death of a resident in 2014 and also fraud committed over a four-and-a-half year period in relation to another resident. Earlier in the proceedings, she pleaded guilty to administering a prescription-only medicinal product without being an appropriate practitioner, relating to yet another resident."

On sentencing, when Lisa Thomas was imprisoned for 21 months with immediate effect, His Honour Judge Carr said: "I am mindful of the effect on the victim's family, who I know are present today. You abused the trust placed on you and nothing I say will alleviate the pain the families are experiencing. No attempts were made to resuscitate the deceased. You were clear in instructing staff not to resuscitate patients in your care. You signed a policy saying 'do not resuscitate' is a decision for the individuals and their families, yet you undertook to implement your own policy."

Ben continued: "This was a case of failings in the care of elderly people who should have been cared for in a more dignified manner. We hope that the sentencing today brings some sense of justice to the families."