A Birmingham carer has been jailed for ill-treating an elderly dementia patient in her own home.
Ashikiah Reid, from Erdington, was handed an eight-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 18th June after being found guilty of ill-treating the bed-bound 101-year-old.
Shocking footage caught on hidden cameras (scroll down for video) – placed in the woman’s Edgbaston home by family members concerned over care standards – shows 36-year-old Reid using unnecessary force when cleaning the victim’s face with a flannel and repeatedly slapping her hands and arms.
On other occasions, the victim – who can be heard crying out in pain – is shoved and manhandled in her bed by callous Reid.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation last August after the woman’s family approached detectives armed with the covert camera footage.
The video footage captured showed that Reid had given care to the woman by herself, which was at odds with an agreed care plan which stipulated two care workers should look after the patient.
PC David Nash from the Public Protection Unit said:
“I am glad the woman responsible for inflicting unnecessary distress and pain on a defenceless woman has been put behind bars.
“A lot of trust is put into personal carers, and this trust was shattered by Reid’s actions against this woman.
“I hope this can offer the victim’s family some closure, knowing that someone that showed no moral compass when caring for the elderly has been brought to justice.”
Reid has been dismissed from her job and consequently struck off, meaning she will never be able to practise as a carer again.