Date
11 December 2016
Authorities are looking into allegations that staff at an elderly care home in Cheung Sha Wan mistreated a 78-year-old resident. Photo: Google Maps
Authorities are looking into allegations that staff at an elderly care home in Cheung Sha Wan mistreated a 78-year-old resident. Photo: Google Maps

Caregiver arrested for suspected elderly home resident abuse

A female caregiver at an elderly care home in Cheung Sha Wan was arrested on Tuesday for suspected ill-treatment and physical assault on a 78-year-old resident of the facility.

The caregiver, who is 53 years in age, was booked following a complaint lodged by the daughter of the elderly resident, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The daughter, a 40-year-old surnamed Chan, went to the police after she found her mother, who is said to be half paralyzed, lying in bed half naked with bruises on her thighs.

The shocking discovery was made as Chan visited the care home, which is located along Shun Ning Road, on Tuesday to see her mother, who bears the surname Lok.

According to Apple Daily, the senior citizen, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, moved into the elderly care home last month.

The woman’s family suspects that Lok may have been mistreated for refusing to pay for diaper-changing service.

Chan said her mother had once told her that some caregivers had asked for HK$20 for changing a diaper.

The caregivers were said to have warned Lok that if she doesn’t pay up, she will be given physical punishment.

Lok told police officers that the bruises on her thighs were from a female worker who gave her a shower last Saturday.

The elderly care receiver said she didn’t tell anyone about the matter.

Meanwhile, her family disputed an explanation from the care home staff as to why Lok was found naked waist down in the bed. 

The argument that Lok took off her pants on her own is unreasonable, her son-in-law said, pointing out that the elderly woman is suffering from partial paralysis.

Authorities have now launched an investigation into the matter.

According to a Social Welfare Department spokesperson, a quick inspection at the elderly care home found no other suspicious cases at the facility.

Over the past 12 months, a total of nine inspections were said to have been carried out at the premises. Warnings were issued only in relation to the issue of understaffing.

The caregiver who has been arrested now is a mainland Chinese worker who came to Hong Kong under the Supplementary Labour Scheme of the Labour Department.

She has been working at the Cheung Sha Wan elderly care center for two years, according to one of the center’s owners who is surnamed Yeung.

Yeung argued that Lok’s family members were not telling the truth. Lok is not as paralyzed as the family claims, he said, pointing out that the elderly woman can walk with the help of a stick.

He insisted that Lok has had a record of pulling down her diapers, and that the center’s staff did not mistreat her.

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