Nurse filmed beating elderly woman in care home
A nurse was caught beating an elderly woman in a care home after her worried daughter placed a secret camera in her bedroom.
Jane Worroll noticed mum Maria, 81, had bruising on her arms and hands just six weeks after moving into the home.
Her hidden camera caught Jonathan Aquino, 30, striking her SIX times on the face, arms and abdomen. Earlier footage showed Maria — who has severe arthritis — man-handled by carers, put to bed at 5:30pm and being ignored by staff.
Aquino was jailed for 18 months for assault ten days ago and four other staff were sacked after Jane showed footage to bosses.
She noticed her mum — who has Alzheimer’s — wasn’t even greeted by workers at Ash Court in Kentish Town, North London. They would turn on her TV as they entered the room and switch it off as they left.
Jane said: “I was horrified to see that was a day in the life of my mother. I screamed when I first saw it. She was just so vulnerable. She can’t get up or call for help. It’s just totally sadistic.”
The footage, to be shown on BBC1’s Panorama tonight, comes a year after undercover clips on the programme showed vulnerable residents being pinned down, slapped, doused in water and taunted at Winterbourne View care home in Hambrook, Gloucs — shut last June.
Maria was living with her daughter and family until she needed round-the-clock care.
Jane moved her mum to Ash Court — given an “excellent” rating by the Care Quality Commission — in July 2010.
Weeks later she noticed the bruising and after speaking to staff she was told it was as a result of taking aspirin.
In the following months she noticed her condition deteriorate and decided to install the camera which caught abuse on two separate days.
Judge Henry Blacksell QC told Aquino — who qualified as a nurse in the Philippines — he was guilty of a “dreadful breach of trust”.
Relatives & Residents Association boss Judy Downey said: “How did five workers not know she had to be moved gently? You could hear the poor lady cry out in pain at the way she was moved.
“It suggests a deep cultural problem in that home where people were treated with less respect than slabs of meat.”
The company has said Ash Court staff are “committed to working closely with all families and residents”. Three months after Maria was attacked regulator the CQC produced a report saying residents are “protected from abuse, or the risk of abuse, and their rights are respected and upheld”.
CQC inspectors who returned to the home found “improvements”.
But Jane has called for “complete review” of the current care system with “robust strategies put in place.” - www.thesun.co.uk