Dementia care home abuse prompts son’s CCTV call
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A MAN whose 79-year-old mum was ill-treated at a Wraxall care home is calling for CCTV to be installed in all care facilities.
James Wright captured footage of carers roughly handling and verbally abusing his mum Gladys Wright on a hidden camera at The Granary Care Centre in Lodge Lane.
On Friday, three men were sentenced for the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of a person who lacked capacity.
James said: “We believe that we’ll be seeing many more instances of the abuse of vulnerable individuals and know this will not improve until we see the implementation of CCTV in these homes.”
He urged people to visit the Facebook page Your Voice Matters to sign the petition campaigning for CCTV to be installed in institutions which care for vulnerable people.
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Mrs Wright, who suffered from dementia, was admitted to the home in September 2012.
Her son installed a covert camera in her room to ensure she was receiving the appropriate treatment, but it filmed some carers roughly handling her and swearing at her when dressing her for bed and changing her.
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Mr Wright handed 57 DVDs to police officers who watched hundreds of hours of footage during the investigation.
Officers also carried out an inspection at the home and found staff shortages and inadequate training, leaving carers unable to deal with patients who could become aggressive and scratch or kick due to their condition.
At Bristol Crown Court on Friday, Daniel Baynes, aged 25, of Vineyards in Bath, pleaded guilty to three counts of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of a person who lacks capacity and one charge of theft for stealing food from Mrs Wright’s room.
He was sentenced to four months in prison by Judge Michael Longman.
Tomasz Gidaszewski, aged 30, of Biddisham Close in Nailsea, pleaded guilty to one charge of ill-treatment and was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.
Janusz Salnikow, aged 25, of Greenway Park in Bristol, pleaded guilty to three counts of ill-treatment and was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work.
The trio was also banned from working with vulnerable adults in the future.
Judge Longman said: “You were employed as carers and this behaviour was in breach of the most basic duty of care and humanity which you had all undertaken to perform.”
The Granary is run by Shaw healthcare (Wraxall) Limited and is designed to care for up to 60 dementia sufferers.
Jeremy Nixey, CEO of Shaw healthcare, said: “Since these incidents came to our attention, a new area and home manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of an action plan looking at every aspect of the service provided at The Granary.
“The plan has included a programme of specialist dementia training for all staff and a new staff mentoring system, provided in-house by Shaw healthcare.
“The plan led to improvements at the home that were acknowledged in a report by the Care Quality Commission in August, and we are pleased to say we are now fully CQC compliant.”
Mrs Wright died earlier this year, aged 81. Her son James said: “Gladys also received fantastic care from some of the staff at The Granary. These staff, in our opinion, are overworked, underpaid and don’t have the rights afforded to many other employees working in other professions.
“We truly hope that these carers are not tarred with the same brush as the individuals that have been sentenced today.”