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Carers UK Forum • Realising things have disappeared
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Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:29 pm
by Henrietta
Now I have time to think about things I am realising things have gone missing from the house, nothing valuable but old things - an old dressing table set and a fancy smokers pipe. Goodness knows what I haven't noticed yet and not sure how long ago they were taken, definitely seen both since dad was moved downstairs so no one should have been poking around in wardrobes.

Be warned all you people with carers trapsing in and out to hide things and move things!

Re: Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:51 pm
by Pet66
Oh no Henrietta. How horrible. It's not the value in monetary terms. They were your family items and the fact that someone has taken them. (((Hugs))).

Re: Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:58 pm
by hamsterwheel
Oh gods - isn't that the worst intrusion? More {{{{hugs}}}}}

Re: Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:19 pm
by bowlingbun
My mum's cae staff kept nicking cutlery, especially teaspoons.....until I bought some really basic ones from ebay! Her gardeners were all thieves. I told mum not to give them the key to dad 's workshop/garage. Allmost all his power tools, even his folding platform went! One lived next to my brother, and I saw he had lots of newly moved daffodils in his front garden, and knew where they'd come from. For years, I'd planned to bring some home, in her memory, as we had done with mum in laws. There were none left for me to take! They were very special varieties, not your average daffs.

Re: Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:23 pm
by jenny lucas
I'm not, for a moment, excusing thefts - but we do have to bear in mind that care-workers are paid very poorly, and it could be that they think 'oh, easy for the family - they've got loads of stuff compared with me'.....

As BB says, though, it's the personal items that are most precious, the sentimental value.

Re: Realising things have disappeared

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:16 am
by Honey Badger
Its not so much the item worth as it is the general betrayal of trust and that these people know they are working with a vulnerable client base yet still consider that behaviour acceptable.

Poor wages aren't an excuse, this is somebodies home.. we are supposed to be able to trust them with a persons well being when they visit.. if stealing is acceptable you have to question what other misconduct they are capable of.

Agencies aren't helping themselves, slacking with DBS checks either.