Carer jailed for ill-treating 101-year-old dementia patient in her Edgbaston home
Written by Tristan Harris on June 21, 2019
A CARER has been jailed after ill-treating a 101-year-old dementia patient in her own Edgbaston home.
Shocking footage was caught on hidden cameras at the property by family members who were concerned about levels of care.
Ashikiah Reid, from Erdington, was handed an eight-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to ill-treating the bed-bound pensioner.
The video shows the 36-year-old using unnecessary force when cleaning the victim’s face with a flannel and repeatedly slapping her hands and arms.
On other occasions the victim – who can be heard crying out in pain – is shoved and manhandled in her bed by callous Reid.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation last August after the woman’s family approached detectives armed with the covert camera footage.
The video footage captured showed Reid had given care to the woman by herself which was at odds with an agreed care plan which stipulated two care workers should look after the patient.
PC David Nash from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “I am glad the woman responsible for inflicting unnecessary distress and pain on a defenceless woman has been put behind bars.
“A lot of trust is put into personal carers and this trust was shattered by Reid’s actions against this woman.
“I hope this can offer the victim’s family some closure, knowing that someone that showed no moral compass when caring for the elderly has been brought to justice.”
Reid has been dismissed from her job and consequently struck off, meaning she will never be able to practise as a carer again.