The Social Welfare Department has rejected the application of a private elderly home in Tai Po for renewal of its license after it was accused of maltreatment of its residents, Metro Daily reported on Wednesday.
SWD Director Carol Yip Man-kuen said all the 57 senior residents of Tai Po Cambridge Nursing Home have been relocated to other nursing homes.
Yip said her office decided not to renew Cambridge’s license after a review of the nursing home’s operations, particularly its history of violations, the improvements it made after the department issued warning letters and its adherence to the code of conduct for nursing home operators.
She refused to give futher details as such information could be used in legal proceedings that might follow.
Last month, photos of elderly residents at the nursing home being made to wait naked for their bath triggered a fierce public backlash after they surfaced in newspapers and on social media.
Yip also confirmed the supermarket operating on the ground floor of the building has ceased operation.
Over the last three years, the SWD issued nine warnings to Cambridge regarding its violations and poor services, and nursing home’s license to operate was suspended several times as a penalty.
Cambridge actually operates three floors of the Tai Po building under two different licenses. The one that was not renewed was for the second and third floors.
Meanwhile, the department is closely monitoring the operation of its elderly home on the first floor, the license for which will expire in August.
It said it will decide on what to do when it receives an application for the renewal of the license.
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