Carer accused of degrading elderly resident

CRIMOND HOUSE CARE HOME.(DUNCAN BROWN)
CRIMOND HOUSE CARE HOME.(DUNCAN BROWN)

A nurse at a north-east care home will appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) this week after accusations of degrading an elderly resident.

A worker has been accused of placing a banana near a female resident’s genitals, telling her it was ‘there for you if you get lonely tonight’.

There has also been accusations of them throwing jelly babies and grabbing and shaking the same resident.

The allegations supposedly took place at Crimond House Care Home between April 2010 and July 2013.

They are to appear before the NMC from Monday, February 8 to February 12.

The carer accused has been named by the NMC as Clarisa Bartolome.

A spokeperson for the NMC said: “Mrs Bartolome has been charged by the police with both assault and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

“The panel noted that Mrs Bartolome denied all of the allegations against her at that time. She was subsequently dismissed by her employer.”

They added that an interim suspension order is necessary on the ‘grounds of public protection and being otherwise in the public interest’.

The spokesperson added: “The panel noted that the allegations arose directly from the resident, who was found to have bruising on her arms consistent with her complaint.”

A final decision over the validity of the allegations will not be made until the hearing is concluded.