Elderly man filmed half-naked and being mocked by workers at a care home
Investigations are still ongoing following the suspension of three careworkers. One of them had shared an "abhorrent" video on social media.
According to the Daily Post, a Merseyside home has suspended Sophie-Lynne Williams and two others members of staff. Williams, from North Wales, was the one who shared the video.
In the clip, an elderly man walked around a day room of Hillside Care Home in Huyton. In the background, several women are heard laughing and mocking the man.
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An unknown whistleblower got ahold of the video as it spread. She alerted the Daily Post who then contacted care watchdogs and Qualia Care who run the facility.
The local council Knowsley also got involved on Friday. They reported the occurrence to the Merseyside Police. The latter said:
"We received a report today, Friday 9 November, that a resident at Hillside Care Home in Huyton had been videoed and the video had been shared on social media. Enquires into the incident are still ongoing."
Qualia Care also spoke on the matter. In particular, they expressed disappointment that no other staff member in the home had come forward first:
"We’re disappointed that this was not raised through our robust and confidential whistleblowing procedures which are well publicized in the home."
"As soon as we were made aware, we took immediate action to address matters, a number of staff have been suspended from duty and we are working with external agencies to fully investigate this incident."
The Care Quality Commission also visited the home on Friday. A spokesman said:
"On 8 November CQC received concerning video footage taken inside Hillside Care Home in Huyton. CQC inspectors responded by immediately attending the home to conduct a comprehensive inspection, to ensure people are safe and well cared for."
"Everyone receiving care is entitled to be treated with proper respect and dignity and CQC has a range of enforcement powers to protect people and hold registered providers to account."
Video emerges of partially-clothed care home resident being mocked— Gary Stewart (@editor209) November 11, 2018
He said that the "inspectors are working very closely with Knowsley Council in relation to the incident. The inspection report will be published in due course."
The Knowsley council is refraining from commenting due to the ongoing investigations.
Sadly, such cases of abuse are not rare. In 2017, a case of physical abuse was caught on tape in the UK.
Joy Lewis' daughters suspected something was wrong when they noticed bruising on their mother's wrists. One of them installed a clock in her mother's room with a hidden camera.
The camera captured the highly disturbing treatment of Lewis, 71, by her careworkers. They forced her out of bed, left her without food, and refused to let her use the toilet despite her pleas.
Lewis' daughters reported the crime and three of the staff members went to court. But the court suspended their jail terms and ordered community service. This left the sisters feeling like justice was not served.
Another similar incident took place in Sydney, Australia in October 2018. David Nabulsi's daughter installed a hidden camera in her father's room.
Ayda Celine said she felt like she had "failed" her father after watching the tape. On it, Prakash Paudyal is seen shoving Nabulsi around and hitting him several times on the head with a shoe.
Paudyal was charged with three counts of assault. The home had also been responsible for leaving Nabulsi in soiled clothes for hours on end.
The victims' families in these situations are now advocating for CCTV in all homes. They are also calling for other families to speak up against abuse.
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