Care home’s heartbreak as ‘abusive’ youths loiter outside and ‘mock’ elderly residents

Care home’s heartbreak as ‘abusive’ youths loiter outside and ‘mock’ elderly residents


A care home has said it’s been ‘incredibly disheartening’ that a group of young people have been ‘abusive and mocking’ its vulnerable residents.

Cheshire police said a group of youths have been loitering around on the grass outside Belong Macclesfield, on Kennedy Avenue and disturbing residents living there.

To combat this police have increased patrols at the care home after the ‘alarming’ spate of youngsters verbally abusing elderly residents.

Caroline Ray, the general manager at Belong Macclesfield said the ‘small number’ of youths have been disturbing residents from the boundary of the care home.

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She added that it has been ‘incredibly disheartening’, but thanked police for their help.

Ms Ray also said that as a care home company, they believe ‘educating’ and promoting inter-generational relationships between younger and older people builds ‘understanding and respect’.

She said: “It is incredibly disheartening that a small number of young people have been disturbing our residents from the boundary of our care village on Kennedy Avenue.

“We have been liaising with the community police and are thankful to Broken Cross and Upton Police, of Cheshire Constabulary, for their increased patrols in the area and for their regular communication with us.

“At Belong, we believe that educating young people and promoting inter-generational relationships builds understanding and respect for older people and those living with dementia.

“As a result of providing numerous work placements and other experiential opportunities, we have excellent relationships with young people and we have reached out to our contacts at nearby schools to partner in an awareness campaign and to encourage their students to become ‘dementia friends’.

“We hope the disturbance is an isolated incident and also extend our gratitude to our neighbours for their continued support.”

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MP for Macclesfield, David Rutley also said there was ‘no place for behaviour like this’ and encouraged those who have witnessed the behaviour to contact the police.

Mr Rutley said: “It is very sad and disappointing to hear about recent cases of abusive and mocking comments being targeted at residents in Belong Macclesfield.

“Many people locally have friends and family members who are or have been residents in this caring nursing home and care village, which prides itself as being an active part of the community.

“There is no place for behaviour like this and I would encourage local residents who have witnessed this behaviour to let the police know, so that they can more fully help support older and vulnerable members of our community.”

A Cheshire police spokesman said: “It is very alarming and disappointing that these youths are finding it funny to mock our most vulnerable residents in our community. Further enquiries are being made to identify the culprits.

“If any resident has any information in regards to these incidents please get in touch.”





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