Disgraced nursing home owner claims abuse allegations due to attractiveness of daughters
Socialite former nursing home owner takes no responsibility for decades of allegation of abuse
The owner of the now shut-down Rostrevor Nursing Home in Dublin has denied that the decades worth of complaints of elder abuse are true and blames the attention being shown to her and her business on her socialite lifestyle and three pretty daughters.
Complaints with relation to the elderly in the home date back to the 1980s and include allegations of sexual abuse. Therese Lipsett, the former owner of the home, said that Rostrevor was “like the Four Seasons”.
Lipsett is convinced that their families story is getting so much attention because of her pretty daughters.
She said “Is it just because there are three pretty daughters in the family, who make for a good photograph? Is that why there is such interest in the nursing home?
‘There is another nursing home were the patient was let out and walked to the top of Bray Head and perished in the cold. I mean her daughters weren’t shown on television. What about the Kiltipper nursing home that let a woman choke? Where is that story? What’s the obsession with the Lipsetts?’
Last week the home was shut-down by the Nursing Board after a long investigation. Lipsett has also been struck off following alleged sexual abuse in her home in 2005. An investigation found that nurse Stuart Cummings would come to work drunk and sexually abuse an elderly female resident.
Speaking to the Irish Mail on Sunday she declined to condone Cummings actions. She said “The important thing to remember here is when they went to look for him and bring him to the fitness to practice hearing he never showed up and never contested it. So it’s wide open to him to contest that he never did such things and this is all slander.
“He’s fully entitled to do that. I mean he can appeal it any time, he didn’t turn up to the fitness to practise. He didn’t defend himself – he didn’t even send a solicitor. I’m not going to be judge and jury, how can I?
“The patient is still alive and denies all this ever happened…The patient denies that this ever, ever, ever happened.”
Despite the findings over Cummings Lipsett was still allowed to practice.
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