Stirling carer fined for mistreatment of resident who left him distressed


A Stirling care home worker who left a resident unattended and in distress when his call bell was disconnected was this week fined a total of £790.

Caregiver Angela Carson, 58, had admitted willfully abusing or neglecting the man, who was in his 50s, under the Health (Scotland) Act 2016. and 76 – on the same date had been accepted by the Crown.

The man had cried out for help with no response on the night of March 26-27 at the William Simpson Home, Old Plean, which is dealing with a range of health conditions.

Carson, who was responsible for the resident, had started his shift at 8:30 p.m. on March 26, but a witness who entered the complainant’s room at 6:30 a.m. the next day noticed that the man’s face was bright red and that he was in a state of distress.

The call system was not connected to the wall and the resident “was upset and upset because he had shouted for help”.

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The resident’s continence aid was overflowing with urine and his sheet had dried urine stains on it. The witness formed the opinion that the resident had been left unattended for some time and an investigation took place, after which the police were contacted.

Carson’s agent had previously pointed out that his client had not properly reconnected the buzzer when she cleaned the room at 11 p.m. on March 26. The attorney also pointed out that March 27, 2021 was the anniversary of Carson’s mother’s death.

When the case required sentencing at Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday, referring to the resident’s care plan, Sheriff Derek Hamilton pointed out that continence pads should be changed every four hours and at six o’clock overnight to ensure peaceful sleep. The buzzer should also be checked.

Sheriff Hamilton, however, said he supports Carson’s position that she missed a four-hour visit.

Carson’s solicitor, Virgil Crawford, told Sheriff Hamilton on Wednesday his client was no longer working in care services and earning £1,100 a month on a bakery production line. This was a £500 drop from her work as a carer.

In handing down his sentence, Sheriff Hamilton told him it was a serious matter as the vulnerable were put in charge of care homes – and their families “must have some faith and trust in the staff”.

He described the matter as “more than just an oversight” but “was satisfied with the explanation given to me”.

He sentenced Carson, of Falkirk, to a fine of £750, reduced by £1,000 due to his guilty plea with a surcharge of £40. The £790 was payable at the rate of £50 per month.


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