Care worker who called resident a ‘bit of a groper’ handed six-month warning


A care worked who called a resident a “bit of a groper” has been given a six-month warning.

Angela Reilly was handed the punishment by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) after being found culpable over several incidents that took place at Garioch Care Home during 2017 when it was run by brighterkind.

Ms Reilly was also found to have knowingly left a resident in their trousers which were stained with faeces and continue to wash a resident’s hair while they shouted “stop it, stop it!” or words to that effect.

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Addressing Ms Reilly, the SSSC panel said: “You have failed to show any apology, acknowledgement of failings or insight into your behaviour. Your actions represent a worrying pattern of behaviour apparent at that time.  Your actions resulted in emotional harm to a resident. Further actions by you had the potential to cause emotional harm to residents in your care.”

A Four Seasons Healthcare spokesperson said: “We are aware of the warning issued to a former colleague following our report to the SSSC. A colleague in the home reported suspected misconduct and we immediately took steps in line with our policies and procedures to suspend the employee involved.

“The allegations were referred to the SSSC, the Care Inspectorate and Adult Safeguarding and the families of residents were informed. Following a thorough internal investigation, the colleague was dismissed. We have a strict code of conduct and will take appropriate and swift action to uphold the high standards we expect from colleagues.”

Garioch care home has since been transferred to another provider.


The author Lee Peart

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