Home assurance on residents’ care

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A SCARBOROUGH care home has reassured residents of its “zero tolerance” policy against abuse after a former manager was sentenced for covering up attacks on pensioners.

Bosses at the Elsinor residential home, in Esplanade Gardens, said residents’ safety was paramount after Terrence Bennett, 60, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Bennett, of Duncombe Close, was given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, after forcing employees to falsify documents which concealed four incidents against pensioners by carer Tina Gillespie.

Gillespie was jailed for nine months in July last year after admitting common assault and ill-treatment charges.

Bennett, a former police officer who bought the Elsinor in 1989 and owned the business until 2005, left his role as manager in January 2010.

Inde Degun, director of the Elsinor, said the home was fully committed to the welfare and safety of its residents.

He said: “The new management would like to make it clear that the home has significantly improved its safeguarding practices.

“The home has a zero tolerance strategy towards abuse of its residents.

“Our sincere apologies go to the residents involved and their families and we are delighted that justice has been done in relation to the ex-employees involved.

“Our commitment to protecting the vulnerable adults that we care for is our priority and we are proud of the progress that the home has made in relation to its safeguarding practices.”

Bennett was found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict at Teesside Crown Court last month after telling the court ex-colleagues had deliberately lied to “get back at him”.

However, after passing sentence at York Crown Court on Monday, Judge Stephen Ashurst told Bennett his actions had left him with a “sense of disgrace and shame in the community.”

He added it would take Bennett some time before he could hold his head up high once again.