A distressed family has revealed troubling images after placing hidden cameras in a retirement home to expose the abuse of an 80-year-old patient with blind dementia.
Luigi Cantali was admitted to Carino Care Nursing Home Carr at Russell Lea, in the heart of Sydney on November 7, 2018.
He was moved to another facility in Croydon Park six days before his death on February 27.
His daughter Eva Rinaldi said her father told her about his abuse and claimed that the staff were not aware of his sharp mind.
& # 39; Although he had dementia, his mind was very sharp, he knew everything, & she told Daily Mail Australia.
Eva Rinaldi is pictured with her father Luigi Cantali. He died this year on 27 February
Cantali was admitted to Carino Care Nursing Home Care in the interior of Sydney on November 7, 2018. Six days before his death on February 27, he was moved to another facility in Croydon Park.
Mrs. Rinaldi said her father had bruises on his body because he would fall over if he tried to lift himself – after being stuck in his chair all day
& # 39; Although he was also blind, he knew how many people would talk in the room. He would know the person who would drop him.
& # 39; Just because he didn't speak English very well, they thought he was a real person with dementia because they didn't understand his language. & # 39;
Mrs. Rinaldi said the couple decided to place a camera in the room to discover the neglect.
On one of his more & # 39; angry & # 39; days Mr. Cantali told the staff that they recorded & # 39; everything & # 39; and & # 39; my daughter will call the police on you & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They eventually called the police on me and banned me for two weeks because they found the video in my father's room, & # 39; said Mrs. Rinaldi.
Mrs. Rinaldi said her father had been left without exercise all day and the staff would rarely change his incontinence pants.
& # 39; They left him in that chair for about two weeks, & # 39; she said.
Slo He put his hands on the table and called for help, he lay in his bed when he woke up – he didn't sleep much – but when he did they walked three times around his room, four times and ignored him, his cry for help. & # 39;
Bruises on Mr. Cantali on a picture of his daughter
Mrs. Rinaldi said her father had been left without exercise all day and the staff would rarely change his incontinence pants
Mrs. Rinaldi said she was asked to use the cameras because of the number of bruises that he got from falling when he tried to lift himself.
& # 39; I dropped my father earlier, accidents will happen, but it is when they deny that it upset me. How can they not know what is going on there? & # 39; she said.
& # 39; He would be in that room 24 hours a day, in that chair. & # 39;
& # 39; He developed a very large bed wound that was the size of a golf ball. & # 39;
Mrs. Rinaldi said her father was also & # 39; a horrible & # 39; had a rash in his groin area and in Italian he would complain about staff who refused to shower him.
& # 39; He was in so much pain towards the end. He would say "everything is on fire", "give me a shower," she said.
& # 39; I was broken. If I knew this would happen, I would have kept it at home.
& # 39; It was harder to care for him at that facility than to care for him at home. I had to be on call all the time. I went every night, every day. I just didn't trust them. & # 39;
Mrs. Rinaldi said: & # 39; He would put his hands on the table and ask for help & # 39;
Mrs. Rinaldi said her father had been left in the chair all day and had sustained wounds to his leg
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission carried out an assessment audit between 13 and 16 May 2019 and found that Carino Care Russell Lea did not achieve the 24 expected results in the accreditation standards.
A decision of June 28 said that failing to meet seven of these results has seriously compromised the safety, health and well-being of service users.
The facility is still active and remains accredited until November 30 this year.
Ms. Rinaldi said she hopes her story will open the lid on cases of neglect of the elderly in old people's homes.
& # 39; Everyone knew what was going on, but no one would talk about it & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; I think we should all come together and say: & # 39; hey, this is wrong & # 39 ;. Maybe someday I end up in a nursing home, I want things to change. & # 39;
Mrs. Rinaldi said she witnessed what had happened & # 39; and noted that her father's condition deteriorated when she was banned for two weeks.
& # 39; We don't know who the culprit is. But I know in my heart that these nursing homes are medically, seriously inadequate, & she said.
& # 39; Everyone thinks, just because you are in a nursing home, you are expected to die. & # 39;
The allegations about Mr Cantali's neglect – as well as the photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s – relate to Carino Care, not to the secondary facility.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission conducted an assessment audit between 13 and 16 May 2019 and found that Carino Care Russell Lea did not achieve the 24 expected results in the accreditation standards
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