Care workers jailed for mistreating dementia sufferers
Darren Smith, Katie Cairns, Gemma Pearson and Carol Moore showed complete disregard for the well being of the people they had been entrusted to care for.
Further to that, their ill treatment was directed at some of the most vulnerable members of our community these people couldn speak out or defend themselves.
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Their behaviour was utterly contemptible and I can only hope they will now reflect on their actions and see just how cowardly their conduct was.
I would once again like to take this opportunity to commend those members of staff who displayed great courage and decency in speaking out against this despicable behaviour.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme, of Lancashire ConstabularyRead: What the four care workers were sentenced for
The families of the elderly dementia sufferers who were abused by care workers at Hillcroft nursing home said they did not “take any pleasure” from today outcome and added that they were still waiting for an apology from the perpetrators.
Because of their illnesses, we do not know how the victims feel about what happened to them, but we do our best to speak on their behalf.
The guilty pleas and verdicts provided final confirmation that our relatives had been the victims of abuse at Hillcroft and this saddened us greatly. The investigation and court case have been e nike uk xtremely distressing for us all and we do not take any pleasure in the outcome.
There are lessons to be learnt from this case and we are contributing to the ongoing Learning Review, which we hope will provide meaningful recommendations and result in changes to the law.
Joint statement from families of Hillcroft nursing home victimsThe statement added that they were “still waiting to receive formal apologies” from the four care workers sentenced today.
They also added that it “disappointed” them that Gemma Pearson would not serve jail time her role in the abuse at the care home.
Read: What the four care workers were sentenced for
One man had his foot stamped on deliberately, another was nearly tipped out of his wheelchair and the vulnerable victims were pelted with bean bags and balls at their heads “for entertainment.”
In November, Carol Ann Moore, 54, Katie Cairns, 27, and Gemma Pearson, 28, were found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity.
Darren Smith, 35, from Lancaster, admitted ahead of the trial eight counts of ill treatment in which he threw bean bags or balls at eight residents of Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne with Hest, Lancaster.
All the offences spanned from May 2010 to September 2011 and rela nike uk ted to seven men and one woman, all aged in their 70s or 80s the eldest was age nike uk d 85.
Four care workers took part in the “gratuitous sport” of abusing dementia sufferers which highlighted Hillcroft nursing home “weak and inadequate management”, the judge at Preston Crown Court said today.
Much evidence in the trial revealed that there was, at the relevant times, a lax regime with weak and inadequate management on the unit which allowed the kind of conduct to carry on undetected and without proper and adequate control.
Judge Michael ByrneHe added t nike uk hat the offences committed were “an indictment” on Hillcroft nursing home management.