Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'PEOPLE LIKE THIS SHOULDN'T BE WORKING IN THE CARE INDUSTRY' ; Bosses at Middleton Home Which Caters for Patients with Dementia Suspend Two Staff 'On the Spot' Aftershocking Footage Appears to Show Residents Being Mercilessly taunted'We Take This Very, Very Seriously. the Welfare of Our Residents Is Our Highest Priority'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'PEOPLE LIKE THIS SHOULDN'T BE WORKING IN THE CARE INDUSTRY' ; Bosses at Middleton Home Which Caters for Patients with Dementia Suspend Two Staff 'On the Spot' Aftershocking Footage Appears to Show Residents Being Mercilessly taunted'We Take This Very, Very Seriously. the Welfare of Our Residents Is Our Highest Priority'

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TWO carers have been suspended amid claims that dementia patients had 'comfort dolls' snatched away and used in a series of sick pranks.

A number of vulnerable residents at Ashbourne House nursing home are understood to rely on the children's dolls for solace - some considering them to be 'like their own babies'.

But evidence acquired by the M.E.N. appears to show staff at the Middleton home cruelly taunting those in their care - by forcing them to watch helplessly as they damage the dolls for their own amusement.

One video appears to show a member of staff throwing a doll in front of an elderly man - and other images show dolls being boiled in a pan, dragged around by the neck or strung up from the neck.

It is thought that the pictures and video were taken and shared among some members of staff via WhatsApp.

It is understood a number of dementia patients at the home, some of whom are unable to communicate, 'look after' the dolls as a form of dementia therapy and as a means of comfort. One whistleblower claimed that some have come to consider the dolls as 'real' babies.

An image shows a seemingly-distressed elderly woman having the doll snatched from her hands. Other pictures show the doll in a pot on top of a cooker; hung from a tree; in a fish tank and in a tumble dryer.

The horrifying video shows a member of staff throwing the baby on the floor after shouting: "Die baby, die."

Her colleague responds: "How do you feel that you've just done that? How do you feel?" The woman can be heard loudly laughing, then responds: "Great, because [resident's name] upset."

A source who spoke to the M.E.N. claims that one picture, showing the doll hung with rope around the neck outside a resident's bedroom window, was taken as the pensioner was sleeping after staff barged in and put the light on.

The facility, run by Silverdale Care Homes, provides accommodation for up to 29 people over 65 who require nursing or personal care - including residents with dementia and learning disabilities. …

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