Three care staff members have been found guilty of ill-treatment and the wilful neglect of an elderly resident.
The evidence of physical and mental abuse at The Willows Care Home (pictured) in Bedford came to light after the 88 year-old woman’s family installed secret cameras in her room.
Following a court hearing on 3 November, Sigita Nickuviene and Shital Karavadra were found guilty of multiple counts of ill-treatment and wilful neglect and received a suspended two month sentence. Ms Nickuviene was also given 200 hours of unpaid work.
Additionally, last month Oliver Egwu was given concurrent three month prison sentences for six counts of ill-treatment and wilful neglect, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work.
In a statement to the Bedford Independent, the resident’s family said: “Our elderly mother – who suffers from dementia – had to endure horrific inhumane and unacceptable care. Many people were involved with this physical and mental abuse in a care home that should be deemed as safe.
“Complaints to the management were brushed aside. The family therefore had no choice but to put in cameras to find out what was happening. The footage from the cameras showed horrific incidents of abuse in what should’ve been a caring environment. This has been a nightmare for the family leaving them completely shattered.
“Our mother is now in a home where staff understand dementia and are able to take care of all her needs.”
A spokesman for the home, which is owned and operated by Hestia Healthcare Limited, part of Kingsley Healthcare Group, said: “When these matters came to light Hestia Healthcare Limited, which owns and operates The Willows Nursing Home, immediately took steps to remove those involved from the home.
“The Willows Nursing Home fully cooperated with the authorities whose investigations resulted in no actions against the home.
“We are proud of our contributions to the community we serve and continue to work hard to deliver the best person-centred care for our residents.”