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Care home in Kanagawa tried to cover up abuse of disabled resident

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Hiroshi Kanno, the facility's director, said that while the section chief had reported to him that a resident had sustained bruises due to "rough handling," he did not think he had been punched.

Since part of his professional duties is to suspect foul play until it can be completely disproved that is not an excuse, he is as incompetent for his position as if he had seen the video.

The abuse is a direct consequence of the people in charge of the staff, they turned a blind eye and even tried to cover up the violence, which obviously made the staff directly hurting the residents feel untouchable. If the senior staff did their job properly from the beginning a lot of incidents would have been prevented.

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For a society that I have respected for so long, how is it that Japanese people are this cruel to the helpless in need of their care?

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but the coverup revelation is likely to prompt a review of its measures.

No, it should prompt the sacking of management and the arrest of the 'carers' involved.

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Yeah, I remember that..a little hard to forget someone that murdered 19 people

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Hospital's here will regularly tie patients to the bed for being "troublesome."

Kick the dog syndrome on overdrive.

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@Gina You obviously don't live here!

The only reason these people are working in these facilities is because the hourly pay is better than a 7-11 or factory job!

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Gina...

For a society that I have respected for so long, how is it that Japanese people are this cruel to the helpless in need of their care?

Many if not most of the patients in this type of establishment are long term, full time residents who have been essentially abandoned by their families. Their behavior can be extremely troubling and looking after them is stressful to put it mildly. Many of the staff are poorly trained and prepared for the job. The facilities themselves are usually hidden out in the countryside...out of sight and out of mind.

But is it really any different in other countries?

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But is it really any different in other countries?

And your point is ...?

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The picture I get from the location, off the Tomei in a semi-rural area of Kanagawa, is of an out-of-sight and out of mind place, where families can send people with difficult behaviour. What happens once they're there is truly unknown, and the patients themselves may feel abandoned and desperate. If they have been violent with family in the past, it's understandable that staff having to deal with this, specially if they aren't properly trained, may feel they can do what they like, even more so if the management look the other way. This sounds like a large chain that does a job others in society don't want to do. Staff are most likely underpaid, not supported, and most important, maybe not even properly vetted to see if they are suitable for the work. A disaster waiting to happen. Unfortunately it can also appeal to bullies and sadists who suspect they can get away with doing nasty stuff to the patients.

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Not to say the probable abuse it is to daily drug sedate all the elderlies and seat them on a couch all together in a small living room with a tv switch on. How low can the treatment be? Probably their concern is to avoid them to jump head first from a window.

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Kobe White Bar OwnerToday  11:41 am JST

Hospital's here will regularly tie patients to the bed for being "troublesome."

Can you reference that at standard practice? Most modern facilities use the modern version of a restraint.....Medication. I had one student nurse do it once, as he didn't know any better.

I don't think he came back. However, medication is used to reduce anxious/violent.disruptive patients. ( depending on the reasons)

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Caregiving is a profession that requires a lot of physical, mental, and emotional sacrifice. If you aren't up to the job, then simply do not take it. Those are fellow human beings in your care. I feel so bad for the poor resident. Hope he's doing okay.

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