Care assistants convicted of ill-treatment of dementia patient


Two care assistants have today been given community orders after they had pleaded guilty at Coventry Magistratesí Court to the ill-treatment of a dementia patient in a care home.

Jeanette Reilly, aged 49, and Eveline Vulielie, aged 47, where both employed at the Cordelia Court Care Home to provide care and support to the residents. They were both health and safety trained, which included how to hoist someone off the floor.

On 5 June 2015, 78-year-old Shelia Thorpe fell in her room. The defendants heard her screams and immediately attended to the victim. However, rather than use the correct procedure to lift Mrs Thorpe off the floor by using the hoist, they physically lifted her up and put her to bed.

The defendants also failed to inform the senior carer of the incident and it was only later, when they had gone home, that the victim's injuries were identified. She was taken to hospital and treated for a broken arm and hip.

The victim was transferred to another home and she passed away on 24 July 2015. A post-mortem was carried out which resulted in a police investigation and the arrest of the two defendants.

Both defendants pleaded guilty of carer ill-treat/wilfully neglect a person without capacity and were each given a 12 month community order, 120 hours unpaid work, costs of £200 and £60 victims surcharge. They were also ordered to do 20 hours rehabilitation activity.

Naila Iqbal, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The two defendants were well aware of their responsibilities when such an incident occurred. Their actions fell short of what they should have done causing additional pain and suffering for the victim. If they had followed the correct procedure rather than putting the victim to bed without assessing her injuries, they would have saved the victim a considerable amount of unnecessary pain and discomfort. She would have had the reassurance of the involvement of a senior member of staff and the much earlier intervention of medical assistance.

"The Crown Prosecution Service takes very seriously its commitment to bringing to justice those who commit offences against vulnerable elderly people - whether they be strangers, carers or family members."