Carer hits pensioner battling dementia and gets a police caution

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  1. Ome

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    Carer beats pensioner battling dementia as her daughter watches in horror on hidden camera



    A daughter watched in horror as a carer beat her elderly mum, who is battling dementia, on footage captured on secret cameras.

    Horrified Gina Owen saw her 78-year-old mum, Sabina Marsden, being slapped, shouted at and having her blanket ripped from her.


    She was filled with rage after watching the "heinous act" on her mobile phone while at her desk at work.

    Gina only saw the abuse as she was demonstrating the camera’s capabilities to a customer in the electrical shop she works in.


    Gina's sister Mandy had left the house in Kettering, Northamptonshire, just 10 minutes earlier when former Mega Care employee Stacey George, 46, launched her shocking assault.

    Gina saw the footage at work and headed straight home.

    When Stacey was confronted with the video evidence, the carer said: "I didn't mean to upset you. I'm sorry."

    In the footage Sabina can be seen putting her hand under her blanket but Stacey slaps her several times. When Sabina does it again Stacey hauls the blanket off her before throwing it back.

    Stacey was fired by Mega Care after the attack came to light and given a caution by Northamptonshire Police after admitting the assault.

    Gina said: "It's nothing more than a slap on the wrist, I can't get my head around it.

    "If I had hit her that day I would have been a lot worse off than her. She should never have got off with a caution.

    "It really is an assault. I watched the attack live on my phone from work. I was furious. Seeing it was just horrible.

    "My mum is a wonderful person and deserves so much better than this. She has been living through hell."

    Northamptonshire Police said they were willing to meet with the family to discuss their decision.

    A force spokesman said: "We can confirm that we investigated reports of an assault in Kettering which took place on June 13, 2017.

    "After a thorough investigation and a review of all the evidence, a 46-year-old woman was issued with a police caution.

    "Safeguarding vulnerable people is a high priority for the force.

    "It's disappointing when victims and their families are not completely satisfied with the outcome of an investigation and we would be happy to discuss this with them if they'd like to contact us."

    Sisters Gina and Mandy Aston, 48, look after their mum in the evenings and on weekends, but needed a carer to look after her during the day after their father Malcolm passed away in August 2015.

    They began to suspect their mum had been subjected to attacks after her mum began to decline significantly, and ended up installing the cameras in her home on the advice of a second, independent carer.

    Gina said: "We thought her decline was just her dementia to begin with. You used to walk in and she would grab hold of your hand really tight.

    "She used to scratch her legs constantly. If anyone has an inkling they need to shout because otherwise, people are going to get away with it.

    "I think there's probably more people out there that this is happening to and they're either too scared to come forward or they haven't got the evidence."
     
  2. Angela Channing

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    Watching the video makes me upset and angry not just with that vile "carer" but also that this situation is allowed to happen in the first place.

    This problem is going to get worse while we have a government that forces people to take these jobs rather than jobs for which they are suited just so the government can save on social security payments. The result is we will have more people working as carers who don't actually care at all and they take out their bitterness and anger on someone weaker than themselves so they feel they still have some control in their working life.

    While this horrific situation is allowed to go on, jobs will continue to be taken away from those who would be the right people for them, i.e. people who actually do care.
     
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    Absolutely!


    It's also horrific that this person left the Police Station with a simple caution.
     
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    Really disgusting. :( If anyone did that to my mum, I'm afraid I'd be in prison.
     
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    Another consequence of cost cutting. Sadly we live in a society that values tax cuts for wealthy people and big corporations over providing adequate funds for custodial and non-custodial punishments for crimes.
     
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    I work in the NHS, we have had situations where staff have stolen from patients or Home Care staff have taken money from people they are caring for and that has happened since the days when i was a student many moons ago

    Its disgusting and they deserve a sentence especially as many patients are AWI, cognitively impaired and dont have capacity or the memory to recall events. Sometimes its a family member who notices there are discrepancies in finances, so god help those who have no NOK to fight their corner
    Its abuse and its awful that it happens
     
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    Truly, truly despicable. My aunt was dropped in a nursing home back in 2002, she lay five days with a broken leg, and it utterly destroyed her life. By the sheer strength of her heart she lived until November 2005, but was barely five stones weight. And yet to this day, nobody in that nursing home had the guts to own up to what they did, despite the fact that after contacting the local inspection authority, we were able to corroborate the fact that she lay five days without getting attention.

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    Sickening.

    Her under-reaction on learning she'd been filmed shows she has no conscience at all. It was as though she'd been told she hadn't put enough sugar in the tea or something.

    My heart goes out to the family for having seen this. But good for them in proactively investigating.

    I'm sure karma will catch up with the "carer" - especially now her name and actions are public. It won't be easy to make friends when everybody knows you abuse the most vulnerable people in our society.
     
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    Surely she'll never get employed in that capacity again, you'd have to hope for that.

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