Employee at Market Bosworth care home mistreated pensioners, Leicester court told
A care worker at a nursing home has gone on trial accused of mistreating elderly residents.
Samantha James allegedly hit an 86-year-old woman on the head in the shower and told her to stop being a "bitch" and was said to have twice roughly handled and shouted at an elderly man.
In total, she swore and lost her temper with six dementia sufferers, aged between 81 and 97, at Bosworth Court Nursing Home, Market Bosworth, it was claimed.
James (29), of The Oval, Nailstone, denies six counts of willfully ill-treating five residents and neglecting another, who all lacked the capacity to look after themselves, between February and May last year.
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Leicester Crown Court was told she was a carer at the home for nine years.
Adam Feest, prosecuting, said James, on occasions "treated the residents with disregard for their dignity and needs".
"She paid no attention to their feelings and ill-treated those she should have been looking after," he said.
Mr Feest said another carer, Jessie Cox, saw James slap a resident on the head and tell her to stop being a bitch.
"When Ms Cox challenged her the defendant told her 'She's a bitch, she's always been a bitch'," he said.
On another occasion, Ms Cox and the defendant hoisted a 93-year-old man on to the toilet, before he told them he no longer wanted to use it.
The man was left there for 45 minutes, before James agreed to help Ms Cox hoist him off the lavatory, as the lifting gear needed two people to operate it.
Giving evidence, Ms Cox said: "She left him there as a punishment for messing her around."
On one occasion, it was claimed, when a carer asked James if an 81-year-old woman had been washed, the defendant told the carer to leave her unwashed.
An 88-year-old woman prone to firmly gripping hold of carers when being washed was shouted at by James for gripping her, it was claimed.
Mr Feest said James threatened to do the same back to her, before "shoving her hard into her wheelchair".
Another carer, Lindsey Curtis, allegedly saw James lose her temper with a 97-year-old who was having difficulty using a walking frame.
Mr Feest said: "She came back with a wheelchair and shoved it hard into the back of his legs causing him to fall back into it, before snatching his frame."
On another occasion she was angry with him, when putting him into a wheelchair, leaving him in tears, it was claimed.
James allegedly shouted and swore at an 82-year-old.
The alleged offences came to light following a training session when the manager reminded all the staff of the home's whistle-blowing policy.
Three members of staff came forward to make complaints.
She was arrested and denied any wrongdoing.
The three carers, Ms Cox, Ms Curtis and Dorota Kutnick, who gave evidence, all disagreed with a defence suggestion that they were lying.
The trial continues.