Family of man verbally abused and tormented in care home video break silence

Family of man verbally abused and tormented in care home video break silence

The family of an elderly dementia sufferer who was verbally abused and tormented on video by a carer have broken their silence.

A staff member threatened to take the man’s walking stick away and put him in a frilly dress in the vile clip – which left his family "shocked and disgusted".

He was also forced to hold a sex toy and was told that he would be ‘castrated’ in the footage that  was leaked to Lincolnshire Live  earlier this week from the Cathedral Nursing Home, Nettleham, Lincoln.

The woman also encourages him to sing a song containing the lyrics "I hate people/People are despicable creatures" because " Jeremy Corbyn  says you’ve got to".

A care home worker was interviewed by police voluntarily following the incident.

She is reported to have taken over as manager of the home in August.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: "A woman attended a voluntary police interview earlier last week.

"No one has been arrested and our investigation is ongoing."

Today a relative, who asked not to be named, said: “As a family we are completely shocked and disgusted – we are angry.

"He’s got very limited family and you put your trust in the people you pay to care for him.

"There’s a sense of shock. We had had trouble getting in contact with him – we were told on three separate occasions he did not want to see us – and looking back the  care home  was very much against us seeing him.

"We feel guilty that perhaps we should have done more to try to get to see him.

"Historically, we have been here before with abuse at care homes and it’s got to change."

The filming took place at Cathedral Nursing Home, in Nettleham Road, in May 2018, which led Lincolnshire County Council’s safeguarding teams to step in to ensure the safety of residents.

Cathedral Nursing Home was ordered to make major improvements or risk being shut down following an inspection in February 2018 by watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

Since the video was filmed at the the home in May 2018, it has since been renamed as Cathedral Care Centre and has had a change of owner.

A spokesman for the new owner, St Philips Care Ltd, said: "St Philips Care is a long established and well regarded care provider in Lincoln taking over Cathedral Care Centre in October last year.

"Whilst we understand the allegations relate to a period prior to our ownership, we are fully committed to support everyone living at the home.

"We will work tirelessly with the authorities to ensure that our residents remain safe and to achieve the right outcome for all involved."

Debbie Westhead, Interim Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC told Lincolnshire Live they were aware of the video and had already carried out an inspection as a result.

She said: "Following an allegation of abuse concerning one person living at Cathedral Nursing Home in Lincolnshire, we have carried out a full inspection and a report of our findings will be published in due course.

“The allegation is being investigated by Lincolnshire Police and we await the outcome of this. In the meantime, we are continuing to work closely with the police, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and other agencies to ensure the well-being of everyone who is living at the home.”

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