Bullying care home worker taunts elderly dementia patient, accuses him of being gay and threatens to take his walking stick away in ‘abhorrent’ video that she filmed herself
- Sickening footage was filmed by a worker inside a care home in Lincolnshire
- The video shows her mocking and emotionally abusing vulnerable patient
- Believed to have been filmed in May 2018 and has sparked a police probe
A sickening video has emerged of a member of staff at a care home mocking and emotionally abusing a dementia patient in her care.
The footage shows the woman asking the vulnerable and confused man if he had gay tendencies, threatening to take his walking stick and put him in a frilly dress.
She also urges him to sing a song containing the lyrics ‘I hate people/People are despicable creatures’ because Jeremy Corbyn ‘says you’ve got to’.
The abusive member of staff asks the patient ‘Do you want to eat me?’ and when he says no, replies, ‘Why?’
And she then asks him about ‘that woman who was in your bed’ whom he could have ‘impregnated’.
The footage, believed to have been filmed in May 2018, led Lincolnshire County Council’s safeguarding teams to step in to ensure the safety of residents.
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Lincolnshire Police are also looking into the matter and a woman, believed to be the care worker who took the video has attended a voluntary interview with officers last week.
A police spokesman said: ‘A woman attended a voluntary police interview earlier last week. No one has been arrested and our investigation is ongoing.’
Organisations which work with vulnerable elderly people said the behaviour of the care worker was appalling.
The woman asks the patient to sing a song, adding: ‘Jeremy Corbyn said you’ve got to’
Marie Betts, Alzheimer’s Society services manager for Lincolnshire, said: ‘People with dementia are among the most vulnerable in society and any abuse like this is completely abhorrent and unacceptable.
‘Seventy per cent of people in care homes are living with dementia, and they should be able to do so without fear, safe in the knowledge they will be well looked after.
‘We know that most staff care deeply about the people they support, but good care homes are undermined when people are abused.
‘Health and social care professionals should have all the tools and support required to provide high-quality, person-centred care to people with dementia that maintains their dignity and quality of life.’
She then continues taunting him by asking if she should put a dress on him, which causes him to become increasingly agitated
The sickening taunts were condemned by charities and organisations that look after older people
A spokesman for Age UK said: ‘Any abuse of older people is completely unacceptable, whatever form it may take and whoever the perpetrator may be.
‘Whatever the circumstances, we worry that many instances of abuse or neglect of older people go unreported so we would encourage anyone who suspects that an older person is at risk to contact their social services department or the police without delay.’
A spokesman for the home said: ‘Whilst we understand the allegations relate to a period prior to our ownership, we are fully committed to support everyone living at the home.
‘We will work tirelessly with the authorities to ensure that our residents remain safe and to achieve the right outcome for all involved.’
A county council spokesman said: ‘The footage led Lincolnshire County Council safeguarding teams to launch an investigation ensuring the safety of residents.’
FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE ABHORRENT VIDEO
The video begins with the worker asking the resident what he had said to a woman whom he had just been to see him.
W: ‘You missed her so much…’
R replied: ‘I could have eaten her.’
W: ‘You could have eaten her? Do you want to eat me?’
R: ‘No. It’s only a matter of saying.’
W: ‘Would you like to eat me?’
R: ‘No I wouldn’t.’
W: ‘Why not?’
R: ‘Because I don’t want to eat you.’
W: ‘Why? I’m nice.’
R: ‘You’re what?’
W: ‘I said: ‘I’m nice.’.’
W: ‘No, I’m a nice person.’
R: ‘Oh, you’re a nice person are you?’
W: ‘Why wouldn’t you want to eat me?
R: ‘I don’t want to eat you.’
W: ‘Sing that song about the people.’
W: ‘[sings] I hate people, I hate people.’
R: ‘I’m not singing that song.’
W: ‘[sings] People are despicable creatures. [Speaks] Come on sing it.’
W: ‘Jeremy Corbyn says you’ve got to.’
R: ‘No he did not.’
W: ‘Yes he did.’
R: ‘You’re a liar.’
W: ‘He said you’ve got to sing it.’
R: ‘No he didn’t.’
W: ‘Yes he did. He said you have to sing it otherwise he’s going to take
your stick off you.’
R: ‘You’re not taking my stick off me.’
W: ‘Yes, he said that and he said that you have gay tendencies and you like
to go up men’s bums.’
R: ‘I don’t have gay tendencies.’
W: ‘What about that woman who was in your bed?’
R: ‘I told her to clear off.’
W: ‘Yeah, well, I bet…I did not get told that. I got told that you got into bed with her.’
R: ‘I never.’
W: ‘You might have impregnated her.’
R: ‘Don’t be stupid.’
R: ‘I did not touch her.’
W: ‘Well she said that you did.’
R: ‘That’s a lie.’
W: ‘You were making sexual advances towards her.’
R: ‘I did not make advances.’
W: ‘Yes you did.’
R: ‘No I didn’t.’
W: ‘You’ve got some Bermuda shorts haven’t you?’
W: [repeats the question]
R: ‘No I haven’t.’
W: ‘Yes you have.’
R: [inaudible but seems to say he does not wear Bermuda shorts]
W: ‘Ah, I forgot, you like wearing frilly dresses don’t you?
R: ‘No I don’t.’W: ‘Shall we put a dress on you?’
R: ‘No I’m not wearing a dress.’
R: ‘I’m not.’
W: ‘A frilly dress.’
R: ‘I’m not wearing a frilly dress.’
W: ‘What about frilly knickers?’
R: ‘I’m not wearing frilly knickers either.’
W: ‘What about a bow in your head?’
W: ‘A bow in your head.’
R: ‘I’m not having a bow in my head.’
W: ‘A curler in your head.’
R: ‘I’m not wearing a curler in my head.’
W: ‘Pass me your stick, I’ll get it done up, come on.’
W: ‘Pass me the stick.’
R: ‘I’m not passing you it.’
W: ‘Why not?’
R: ‘Because I’m not giving you it.’
[W then threatens to get someone to open the curtains in R’s room.]
The footage ends with R asking: ‘Can I go now?’
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