The daughter of a patient with dementia who was allegedly brutally assaulted by her caregiver in a nursing home in North Sydney, feels that she has "failed".
The images filmed in secret showed that the 82-year-old boy was repeatedly beaten with a shoe by his 35-year-old caretaker, who then began tearing his shirt.
The caretaker of Hornsby, North Sydney, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of common assault and use of an offensive weapon with the intention of committing an incriminating offense.
Ayda Celine, the patient's daughter with dementia, told NEWNEWS that she began to worry about her father's well-being several months ago when she saw bruises on her body.
"He was complaining of pain and when I pulled his pants down I noticed black and dark bruises that had been there for a while," he said.
"They told me I could have fallen, so I let it go."
The daughter of the patient with dementia who was brutally assaulted by her caregiver has said that she feels she has "failed" – Ayda Celine (pictured)
The caretaker (pictured) was arrested and charged yesterday for the alleged assault
However, as time passed, Celine noticed that her father was deteriorating, noting that she would not let him touch him and that she "did not leave her room to eat".
Celine said she called the Seaforth care home several times to tell them that her father was not being treated.
"Whether it was bruises or sitting in a wet diaper for hours and in soaked clothes and no one has changed it," he said.
Taking things into her own hands, Celine installed a camera in her father's room that allegedly recorded the attack on her father.
Taking things into her own hands, Celine installed a camera in her father's room that allegedly recorded the attack on her father
"He was so helpless that he could not even ask for help, and even if he did, nobody came to his aid," Celine said.
"I did not trust that they were taking care of him," he said.
Celine scratched as she spoke of the pain her father would have suffered.
"He was so helpless that he could not even ask for help, and even if he did, no one came to his aid."
Northern Beaches police crime manager Detective Guy Magee, acting inspector, called the images "disturbing" and praised Celine for reporting it.
"The courage of these victims and their families helps solve these crimes," he said.
"I can not imagine what it would be like for the family to see, it's cowardly, it's shameful, and I encourage people to report these crimes to the police."
"These vulnerable people need the help of the community to be their voice," said Superintendent Darcy after the caregiver was arrested (pictured)
The Hornsby care worker, North Sydney, was arrested and charged with two counts of common assault and the use of an offensive weapon with the intent to commit an incriminating offense.
Bupa, the health insurance provider who manages the facilities, apologized for the assault and said he was fully cooperating with the New South Wales Police.
"Bupa takes the safety and well-being of its residents seriously and we are shocked and saddened by what has happened in our Seaforth service home," the statement read.
The caregiver, aged 35, allegedly entered the patient's room several times in the Seaforth residence between August 26 and 28.
The images show the patient cowering in fear while the employee repeatedly hits him with the shoe and forces him to undress.
Police arrested the employee at a home in Wheeler Heights just before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and took him to the police station in Manly, where he was later charged.
Police arrested the employee (pictured) in a house in Wheeler Heights just before 2 pm Wednesday and took him to the Manly Police Station where he was later charged
Superintendent David Darcy of the Northern Beaches Police Area Command said that elder abuse can take many forms, from physical to psychological, emotional or financial.
"These vulnerable people need the help of the community to be their voice," said Superintendent Darcy.
"To see an old man treated in this way is shameful."
The man received conditional bail and will appear before the local court in Manly on September 11.
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