Family shocked at grandmother's open wound in care home

By Kirstin Buick
16 February 2017

Please note this article contains graphic images.


Irate family members laid a charge of assault after a 92-year-old woman was found lying in a blood-stained bed with an open wound. She lives in a state-run facility for the elderly.

“She bit herself,” said one of the nurses at House Ravenzicht in Kraaifontein in the Western Cape Town when Jenita Beling (32) asked about her grandmother Margret Beling’s condition.

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When Jenita’s uncle visited Margret on 1 February, she didn’t have the injury. But when he went back to see her three weeks later, he found her in a terrible state.

He called Jenita, who rushed to see her grandmother. “She was just lying on the bed with a bloody bandage on her arm,” Jenita told YOU.

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The staff member on duty said that Margret had suffered the injury that morning. “Nobody had even let me know that my grandmother had been hurt,” said a clearly upset Jenita.

She took her grandmother to the Cape Gate Mediclinic, where she received stitches and medication.

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Even though Jenita has already reported the incident to the Kraaifontein police station, she fears for the well-being of her grandmother, who has since returned to the facility. According to her, she had no other choice because there isn’t a spot for her at any other state-run old age homes in the area.

YOU called House Ravenzicht for comment, but they were not prepared to say anything on the matter.

“I unfortunately cannot provide any comment in connection with the alleged abuse of Ms Beling at House Ravenzicht,” said Averell Rust of the welfare organisation Badisa, speaking on behalf of the facility.

“The department [of social development] is aware of the incident. An investigation by Age-in-Action, along with other interested parties, is currently under way to determine the cause of the injuries. The department will in the meantime assist in finding alternate housing for Ms Beling,” said Esther Lewis of the Western Cape department of social development when asked for comment.

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