By Matthew Roscoe • 03 November 2020 • 16:30
A SENIOR care home worker has been jailed for mistreating residents at Heron Hill in Kendal, Cumbria, in 2018.
Carla Dawn Graham, described by colleagues as a “frightening individual”, was sentenced to eight months in prison for force-feeding elderly residents, slapping another across the face and other threatening behaviour.
60-year-old Graham was seen by a colleague ramming huge spoonfuls of hot food “fast and forcefully” into a resident’s mouth, according to Prosecutor Tim Evans.
The court heard how she told one woman to “Shut up and open your mouth” as she wrapped the woman’s arms in a nightie to restrain her.
She repeatedly slapped the hands of a male resident in his 80s and was violent to a second woman, open palm slapping her across the face despite the woman’s fragile state.
Graham, from Kendal, had denied the ill-treatment or wilful neglect but was convicted of three charges at Carlisle Crown Court.
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