Ironically, a care worker for the aged was charged with assaulting an elderly man in Sydney at a care facility for the elderly. The incident was captured on camera. Police called it ‘disgraceful’ after seeing the video.
Prakash Paudyal, 35, was charged for allegedly pulling on the 82-year-old man’s shirt and also using a shoe to hit the elderly man repeatedly.
The elderly man’s daughter, Ayda Celine, had noticed “dark, black bruising” on his body some months ago but was initially advised that he might have fallen.
But, she became concerned when her father wouldn’t let her touch him, and did not leave his bedroom, or eat.
Alongside the bruising, there had been cases where her father was “sitting in a wet nappy for hours and in soaked clothes and no one has changed him,” and she had called the facility to alert them of these issues.
Since she had doubts, a camera was installed to find out what was actually happening at the facility. Her father was suffering from dementia and that was another cause for concern.
“I installed the cameras because of the bruising and because I didn’t trust they were looking after him,” Celine told.
Meanwhile, police said that it is illegal to set up a camera in an aged facility, but the abuse captured on camera outweighs the wrongdoing.
“To see an elderly man treated in this way is disgraceful,” Superintendent David Darcy from Northern Beaches Police Area Command said in a police release.
“These vulnerable people need the communities help to be their voice,” Darcy added.
Bupa issued a statement saying that it was “shocked and saddened” by the incident.
“Bupa takes the safety and wellbeing of its residents seriously and we are shocked and saddened by what has occurred at our Seaforth care home,” the statement read. “The employee in question has been dismissed, and we are cooperating fully with NSW Police.”
Paudyal has been charged with “two counts of common assault (domestic violence), and use of an offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence,” the police report read.
He has been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in court on Sept. 11.
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