Carer, 56, found guilty of common assault at £2,200 per week Woodlands Care Home in Hampshire

The Woodlands Care Home

The Woodlands Care Home

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A CARER pulled a care home resident down stairs by her ankles when she refused to have a bath, a court heard.

Jean Kelly, 56, grabbed Joanne Nethercott, who has severe learning difficulties, and “bumped” her down the stairs, magistrates were told.

She was not injured but another carer reported Kelly to her manager at the £2,200 per week Woodlands Care Home in the New Forest.

Kelly was found guilty of common assault and has since been dismissed from her employers TrueCare, part of the Choice Care Group.

Now she has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service and ordered to pay £200 in compensation and £300 court costs.

The court heard how Ms Nethercott, who also suffers from a severe form of epilepsy, was assisted by her carers, including Kelly, to get up and go to bed after falling asleep on the sofa at 12.30am on September 3, 2013.

Ms Nethercott scratched Kelly’s face while she was helping her, the court heard.

The next morning, at about 5am, Ms Nethercott woke up and needed a bath.

She went to the stairs, sat down, and refused to move.

But, having run the bath and taken other steps to encourage Ms Nethercott to come down, Kelly dragged her to the bathroom at the home in Woodlands Road, Netley Marsh.

Kelly, of Knightstone Grange, Hythe, was found guilty of common assault at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

A spokesman for Choice Care Group said that Kelly was immediately suspended from her post and a police investigation and an internal investigation was carried out after the offence was reported.

They said: “A disciplinary hearing was held and Ms Kelly, while still suspended from her duties, was dismissed from Choice Care Group’s employment.

“Choice Care Group takes this issue very seriously and deeply regrets what has happened.

“We have robust safeguarding measures in place to ensure the safety of our service users and their families.

“The wellbeing of our service users remains our number one priority and this is reflected in our stringent recruitment process. All applicants are screened and checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service before being offered employment with Choice Care Group.”

Tim Cole, senior district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: “Jean Kelly’s role was to care for her patients.

“Having been a carer for 13 months for TrueCare, an assisted home for people with severe learning disabilities, she knew perfectly well that her job would have involved dealing with residents with different types of learning disabilities.”

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6:13am Mon 28 Jul 14

Lazy says...

I would love to pull her down the stairs !!
I would love to pull her down the stairs !! Lazy
  • Score: 15

8:41am Mon 28 Jul 14

excusemoi says...

What a nasty piece of work. Let's hope she doesn't con her way into another caring role.
What a nasty piece of work. Let's hope she doesn't con her way into another caring role. excusemoi
  • Score: 9

8:50am Mon 28 Jul 14

Frank28 says...

Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott.
Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott. Frank28
  • Score: 16

8:50am Mon 28 Jul 14

sue1956 says...

Foul person
Foul person sue1956
  • Score: 6

9:05am Mon 28 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Frank28 wrote:
Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott.
True, and must remember that since many care home assistants are incomers, the care home managers must bear in mind that alien legal systems do NOT share data with our Police National Computer and that in many other countries names and dates of birth (if even recorded; they are not in Saudi Arabia) are a "moveable feast and that since CRB checks (I think it's called "vetting and baaing" or similar carp now) actually don't use fingerprints they are pretty near useless (though expensive) anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott.[/p][/quote]True, and must remember that since many care home assistants are incomers, the care home managers must bear in mind that alien legal systems do NOT share data with our Police National Computer and that in many other countries names and dates of birth (if even recorded; they are not in Saudi Arabia) are a "moveable feast and that since CRB checks (I think it's called "vetting and baaing" or similar carp now) actually don't use fingerprints they are pretty near useless (though expensive) anyway. Dai Rear
  • Score: -7

9:18am Mon 28 Jul 14

carolroads says...

Care home, surely a misnomer. There are few and far between that care for the residents as much as they care for profit. Unless we all get off our backsides now and do something about the care for the elderly and needy we will be in exactly this same position when we need help. This problem is not going to go away. No matter how far we bury our heads in the sand we will more than likely be abused and taken advantage of when we become vulnerable. So what are we going to do about it? Absolutely nothing of course because it's "not my problem".
Care home, surely a misnomer. There are few and far between that care for the residents as much as they care for profit. Unless we all get off our backsides now and do something about the care for the elderly and needy we will be in exactly this same position when we need help. This problem is not going to go away. No matter how far we bury our heads in the sand we will more than likely be abused and taken advantage of when we become vulnerable. So what are we going to do about it? Absolutely nothing of course because it's "not my problem". carolroads
  • Score: 6

9:30am Mon 28 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

Care homes = cash machines
Care homes = cash machines KSO16R
  • Score: 11

10:01am Mon 28 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott.
True, and must remember that since many care home assistants are incomers, the care home managers must bear in mind that alien legal systems do NOT share data with our Police National Computer and that in many other countries names and dates of birth (if even recorded; they are not in Saudi Arabia) are a "moveable feast and that since CRB checks (I think it's called "vetting and baaing" or similar carp now) actually don't use fingerprints they are pretty near useless (though expensive) anyway.
If only it were that simple. Even the most happy clappy 'im gonna make the world a happy place' staff can end up disillusioned and fed up with how little value is placed on the work they do by both society and their employers. Things will not change despite the rubbish your hear when incidents like this happen. The service users and staff are a commodity. A companies profit, a polititians vote.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Care Homes should understand that there is far more research to be done on the character of an individual, rather than just CRB checks before employing them. Too often we hear of unsuitable persons working with vulnerable people who end up being abused because of the short temper of the carer. Carers may also like to remember that they will be old and weak themselves one day - and wouldn't like to find themselves in the same position as Ms Nethercott.[/p][/quote]True, and must remember that since many care home assistants are incomers, the care home managers must bear in mind that alien legal systems do NOT share data with our Police National Computer and that in many other countries names and dates of birth (if even recorded; they are not in Saudi Arabia) are a "moveable feast and that since CRB checks (I think it's called "vetting and baaing" or similar carp now) actually don't use fingerprints they are pretty near useless (though expensive) anyway.[/p][/quote]If only it were that simple. Even the most happy clappy 'im gonna make the world a happy place' staff can end up disillusioned and fed up with how little value is placed on the work they do by both society and their employers. Things will not change despite the rubbish your hear when incidents like this happen. The service users and staff are a commodity. A companies profit, a polititians vote. KSO16R
  • Score: 10

10:04am Mon 28 Jul 14

KSO16R says...

Lazy wrote:
I would love to pull her down the stairs !!
The staff member or the service user in question? Either way by your comment you sound like a fool.
[quote][p][bold]Lazy[/bold] wrote: I would love to pull her down the stairs !![/p][/quote]The staff member or the service user in question? Either way by your comment you sound like a fool. KSO16R
  • Score: 5

11:05am Mon 28 Jul 14

sparkster says...

care home my arse!!!! Unless and until staff are more thoroughly vetted this is likely to continue, I hope this vile creature never works in another care home. What makes me mad is that people have to pay for their care and in cases like this this is not what they are getting, instead they are being abused, it gives good care homes a bad name
care home my arse!!!! Unless and until staff are more thoroughly vetted this is likely to continue, I hope this vile creature never works in another care home. What makes me mad is that people have to pay for their care and in cases like this this is not what they are getting, instead they are being abused, it gives good care homes a bad name sparkster
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

It is down to the management to monitor and manage staff. The managers should be disciplined when something like this happens on their watch.
It is down to the management to monitor and manage staff. The managers should be disciplined when something like this happens on their watch. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 4

1:08pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did Mary80
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ILOVEPONIES1995 says...

i used to work for this company and saw a similar incident happen in one of there other new forest homes, i reported it to the relevant managers and nothing happened, they said they would "deal" with it and the person involved wasn't even suspended!! i left in the end, the training they give you doesn't match up to the way they actually treat there services users, definitely more professional and respectful care homes around, but unfortunately not the best staff to go in them.

the government should pay more to do this role and they might get better, qualified, kind and respectful staff.
i used to work for this company and saw a similar incident happen in one of there other new forest homes, i reported it to the relevant managers and nothing happened, they said they would "deal" with it and the person involved wasn't even suspended!! i left in the end, the training they give you doesn't match up to the way they actually treat there services users, definitely more professional and respectful care homes around, but unfortunately not the best staff to go in them. the government should pay more to do this role and they might get better, qualified, kind and respectful staff. ILOVEPONIES1995
  • Score: 9

1:27pm Mon 28 Jul 14

solomum says...

Mary80 wrote:
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did[/p][/quote]Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone? solomum
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

buckeroo says...

she needs to be banned from the care industry for life. scum. my dad has just been placed in a home and if it ever happened to him,id beat the person who abused my dad to a pulp
she needs to be banned from the care industry for life. scum. my dad has just been placed in a home and if it ever happened to him,id beat the person who abused my dad to a pulp buckeroo
  • Score: -3

2:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ToastyTea says...

£2,200 per week, jeez they must rake it in.
£2,200 per week, jeez they must rake it in. ToastyTea
  • Score: 2

3:21pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

solomum wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?
are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did[/p][/quote]Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?[/p][/quote]are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it Mary80
  • Score: -3

4:57pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Advisoriescaution says...

Mary80 wrote:
solomum wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?
are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it
No it isn't ok to snap and no one is disagreeing with that. However if you want perfection in the world of work where every mood of every person is absolutely perfect may I suggest hiring robots? Unfortunately when you are forced into work by a Tory government like ours where many Britons across the UK are being trained up then forced to work in sectors they hate (against their will) please don't expect those working people to be happy in those sectors. Especially when their management insults them with the bottom line national minimum wage salary, Zero hours contracts, never letting employees have a social life by keeping them there on 12 hour and even 16 hour-a-day working shifts thus completely ruining their relationships and home life, employers breaking their employment contracts and threatening staff with sacking them if they dare not comply, and you think these are acceptable and justifiable working conditions for the average Brit? And you tell them if its stressing them out they should quit? With the way employers behave and the way they treat staff its no wonder why incidences like this never happen more often then they do. And people wonder why paying services are going downhill because of miserable staff? Your answer is right there. The truth is people are being undervalued by their employers by unfair contracts and unfair staff treatment. Personally I blame the government for the downfall in our society today. While we are being insulted and undervalued in our line of work and in our jobs today you will hear more stories like this (People snapping) but the most worrying thing about it is no one sits up and takes notice of this and says "We are doing something wrong to make people behave like this maybe we ought to change our ways" until that happens you will hear more and more stressed out people in professions "snapping"
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did[/p][/quote]Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?[/p][/quote]are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it[/p][/quote]No it isn't ok to snap and no one is disagreeing with that. However if you want perfection in the world of work where every mood of every person is absolutely perfect may I suggest hiring robots? Unfortunately when you are forced into work by a Tory government like ours where many Britons across the UK are being trained up then forced to work in sectors they hate (against their will) please don't expect those working people to be happy in those sectors. Especially when their management insults them with the bottom line national minimum wage salary, Zero hours contracts, never letting employees have a social life by keeping them there on 12 hour and even 16 hour-a-day working shifts thus completely ruining their relationships and home life, employers breaking their employment contracts and threatening staff with sacking them if they dare not comply, and you think these are acceptable and justifiable working conditions for the average Brit? And you tell them if its stressing them out they should quit? With the way employers behave and the way they treat staff its no wonder why incidences like this never happen more often then they do. And people wonder why paying services are going downhill because of miserable staff? Your answer is right there. The truth is people are being undervalued by their employers by unfair contracts and unfair staff treatment. Personally I blame the government for the downfall in our society today. While we are being insulted and undervalued in our line of work and in our jobs today you will hear more stories like this (People snapping) but the most worrying thing about it is no one sits up and takes notice of this and says "We are doing something wrong to make people behave like this maybe we ought to change our ways" until that happens you will hear more and more stressed out people in professions "snapping" Advisoriescaution
  • Score: 6

5:31pm Mon 28 Jul 14

solomum says...

Mary80 wrote:
solomum wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?
are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it
No, I am not saying it is OK to snap. But, it happens. How many parents lose their rag with their kids and end up pulling them along the road because they won't walk, or giving them a slap across the legs for bad behaviour? That is not acceptable either, but again it happens and if every parent who did that was jailed, there would be no space for those that need to be behind bars. It would appear the right sentence was handed to the care worker and she will now not be able to do this to any more vulnerable patients. What she did was disgusting, but the punishment needs to be kept in perspective.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did[/p][/quote]Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?[/p][/quote]are you seriously trying to say its ok to "snap" these people are meant to look after vulnerable people they SHOULD be friggin jailed if they abuse their patients. I dont buy this "snapped" excuse one bit if you can't handle the job don't do it[/p][/quote]No, I am not saying it is OK to snap. But, it happens. How many parents lose their rag with their kids and end up pulling them along the road because they won't walk, or giving them a slap across the legs for bad behaviour? That is not acceptable either, but again it happens and if every parent who did that was jailed, there would be no space for those that need to be behind bars. It would appear the right sentence was handed to the care worker and she will now not be able to do this to any more vulnerable patients. What she did was disgusting, but the punishment needs to be kept in perspective. solomum
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Divasmummy says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
It is down to the management to monitor and manage staff. The managers should be disciplined when something like this happens on their watch.
i know how hard care can be, i was a carer for 5 years, my employer worked me so **** hard i had a nervous breakdown....never in my life have i ever even raised my voice at a resident let alone assault them...i did a 24 hour shift and still never snapped.....nobody can do care for the money as its **** and only becomes ''good pay'' when you put the hours in. i disagree that carers should be better vetted, i have battery and assault on my CRB (from when i was about 12 13) which means in no way i am going to go and spit at a resident or drag them down the stairs... ive known people to have a completely clean CRB and to have raised voices and ''snapped'' so its not about whats on there CRB or on there records...if someones gonna snap they will....you cant predict that!! i gave up care as i was pushed to my limit and suffer now everyday because of my last employer. this woman is disgusting and should be ashamed of herself.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: It is down to the management to monitor and manage staff. The managers should be disciplined when something like this happens on their watch.[/p][/quote]i know how hard care can be, i was a carer for 5 years, my employer worked me so **** hard i had a nervous breakdown....never in my life have i ever even raised my voice at a resident let alone assault them...i did a 24 hour shift and still never snapped.....nobody can do care for the money as its **** and only becomes ''good pay'' when you put the hours in. i disagree that carers should be better vetted, i have battery and assault on my CRB (from when i was about 12 13) which means in no way i am going to go and spit at a resident or drag them down the stairs... ive known people to have a completely clean CRB and to have raised voices and ''snapped'' so its not about whats on there CRB or on there records...if someones gonna snap they will....you cant predict that!! i gave up care as i was pushed to my limit and suffer now everyday because of my last employer. this woman is disgusting and should be ashamed of herself. Divasmummy
  • Score: 2

8:47pm Mon 28 Jul 14

meonly says...

A huge well done to the care staff who had the courage to stand up for thier vulerable resident.....without the courage of these staff abuse would go on without consquence. At some point people need to remember that at the center of this is someone who can not protect themselves and the amazing support of a staff member who did care. We cannot tar all carers with the same brush. Its only the bad care that gets reported in the press.
A huge well done to the care staff who had the courage to stand up for thier vulerable resident.....without the courage of these staff abuse would go on without consquence. At some point people need to remember that at the center of this is someone who can not protect themselves and the amazing support of a staff member who did care. We cannot tar all carers with the same brush. Its only the bad care that gets reported in the press. meonly
  • Score: 7

9:06pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

solomum wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did
Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?
A suspended sentence may persuade this don't carer to take more care and behave better in future.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Are you telling me the scumbag assaults a vulnerable person and all they get is COMMUNITY SERVICE? WTF is wrong with the justice system she should be in JAIL for what she did[/p][/quote]Oh come on. Jail would be totally inappropriate, unless the patient sustained injuries. This sounds like a carer who had got to the end of her tether and snapped. Under no circumstances should she have done this and she should not be allowed to work with vulnerable people ever again, but how would jailing her be of benefit to anyone?[/p][/quote]A suspended sentence may persuade this don't carer to take more care and behave better in future. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

11:38pm Mon 28 Jul 14

TwistedWitch says...

Whilst I in no way condone what this person has done to a vulnerable patient, you never hear the other side of the coin!

My Daughter is a carer, works long, low paid night shifts and is FREQUENTLY assaulted by the people she is caring for. They bite, punch, kick, spit and swear at her. Sadly it's a part of dementia for some people. My Daughter has to just 'suck it up' and put up with it, because they are not allowed to even legally restrain someone behaving like this. If someone cannot move under their own steam, you can't just drop them in the middle of the floor and move away, so if you are being assaulted you have to put up with it until you have safely moved the person to a position of safety.

I am proud of her for dealing with difficult elderly people and still being a decent person herself, but we never hear about the assaults against the Carers, only ever about the assaults against those being cared for.
Whilst I in no way condone what this person has done to a vulnerable patient, you never hear the other side of the coin! My Daughter is a carer, works long, low paid night shifts and is FREQUENTLY assaulted by the people she is caring for. They bite, punch, kick, spit and swear at her. Sadly it's a part of dementia for some people. My Daughter has to just 'suck it up' and put up with it, because they are not allowed to even legally restrain someone behaving like this. If someone cannot move under their own steam, you can't just drop them in the middle of the floor and move away, so if you are being assaulted you have to put up with it until you have safely moved the person to a position of safety. I am proud of her for dealing with difficult elderly people and still being a decent person herself, but we never hear about the assaults against the Carers, only ever about the assaults against those being cared for. TwistedWitch
  • Score: 5

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