Warning: Some of the following photos are disturbing
What this woman found out about the care her mom was receiving at a nursing home prompted her to take unusual action and may serve as a cautionary tale for anyone considering putting their parents or grandparents in such a facility.
Anahita Behrooz says she was with her mother nearly every day:
She and her kids would take turns loving on her “mum” who “bed bound”:
When her mother developed a uterine tract infection, she was sent to the hospital:
But then national health doctors sent her to a nursing home. It proved to be a huge mistake:
“3 July 2015. Mum was at hospital recovering from another UTI; she was due to come home. Little did I know she would end up at Lansdowne Care Home, Four Seasons Health Care, develop grade 4 pressure ulcers and suffer a most undignified death within a few months.”
Mahbubeh Ghadimabadian needed full time care:
“I always spent a lot of time with my mum, but in 2013, 2014 and 2015 I was with her nearly every day, every weekend. She was bed bound and developed no pressure ulcers.”
After she was moved to the nursing facility on the outskirts of London in August 2015, Behrooz continued the near-daily visits. But she noticed something was off. Metro UK reports Behrooz thinks the care givers were slacking off at this new facility:
‘I sat with my mother sometimes for six hours and she wasn’t moved once. There was also a strong smell in the room so they had a fan on, presumably to cover it up.’
When she brought it up to staff, she was told that her mother was moved regularly. Behrooz was skeptical. She set up a hidden camera.
As she said on Facebook, in 2015, Behrooz felt comfortable enough to leave the UK for an extended trip the U.S. She FaceTimed her mom nearly every day while she was gone.
But when the younger woman came back, she caught a glimpse of her mom's foot as the nurse changed a bandage. She says she nearly fainted:
As she says on Facebook, one toe was nearly gone and others were blackened with dead tissue:
And then she found — a hole in her mother's lower back:
She took these photos later when her mother had been moved to hospice.
She told Metro UK that no wonder her mother looked like she was in so much pain because it must have been excruciating when they finally did move her:
She says she didn't realize how important it was to move her mother around in bed. She checked her hidden camera photos and that's when she concluded that the Landsdown Carehome workers hadn't been moving her much at all:
Metro UK reports that nurses claimed to have been moving her to avoid bedsores and other problems but it was clear Mahbubeh Ghadimabadian had been neglected.
And she claims the nursing home staff phonied up her mom's records to show that they'd been moving her and properly caring for her mother when they weren't.
Mrs. Ghadimabadian died in hospice after about a month.
Anahita Behrooz says she's “obviously upset that she died. But the fact that she suffered an undignified death with rotten feet, after all the time I spent with her and took care of her is absolutely killing me.”
She wants her story to help others.
The nursing home facility is now under investigation by British authorities.