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Thursday, 6 September 2018

'I feel like I've failed him': Daughter of dementia patient, 82, 'bashed by his 35-year-old carer' says she saw his bruises but thought he'd fallen over


  • The daughter of the 82-year-old patient attacked by his carer has spoken out
  • Ayda Celine feels like she 'failed' her father for not stepping in sooner
  • Celine said she noticed bruising several months ago but thought he'd fallen over
  • She installed a secret camera in her father's room which captured the attack 
  • The carer was charged with common assault after being arrested on Wednesday
The daughter of a dementia patient who was allegedly brutally assaulted by his carer in a North Sydney care home, feels like she has 'failed him'.
Secretly-filmed footage showed the 82-year-old being repeatedly hit with a shoe by his 35-year-old carer, who then started tearing his t-shirt off.
The care worker from Hornsby, North Sydney, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of common assault, and use of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Ayda Celine – the daughter of the dementia patient – told 9NEWS that she first became concerned about her father's well-being several months ago when she spotted bruising on his body.
'He was complaining about pain and when I took down his trousers I noticed dark, black bruising that had been there for a while,' she said.
'I was advised that he might have fallen, so I let it go.The daughter of the dementia patient who was brutally assaulted by his carer has said she feels like she has ¿failed him¿ - Ayda Celine (pictured)
The care worker (pictured) was arrested and charged yesterday over the alleged assault
The care worker (pictured) was arrested and charged yesterday over the alleged assault
However, as time went on, Celine noticed her father deteriorating, noting that he wouldn't let her touch him and 'he didn't leave his bedroom to eat'.
Celine said that she called the Seaforth care home on several occasions to tell them her father wasn't being looked after.
'Whether it was bruising or that he was sitting in a wet nappy for hours and in soaked clothes and no one has changed him,' she said.
Taking matters into her own hands, Celine set up a camera in her father's room which allegedly recorded the attack on her father.
Taking matters into her own hands, Celine set up a camera in her father¿s room which allegedly recorded the attack on her father
Taking matters into her own hands, Celine set up a camera in her father's room which allegedly recorded the attack on her father
¿He was so helpless that he couldn¿t even call out for help ¿ and even if he did, no one came to his aid,¿ Celine said
'He was so helpless that he couldn't even call out for help – and even if he did, no one came to his aid,' Celine said
'I didn't trust they were looking after him,' she said.
Celine teared up as she talked of the pain her father would have gone through.
'He was so helpless that he couldn't even call out for help – and even if he did, no one came to his aid.'
Northern Beaches Police crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Guy Magee, called the footage 'disturbing' and commended Celine for reporting it.
'The bravery of these victims and their families helps bring a resolution to these crimes,' he said.
'I can't imagine what it would be like for the family to watch. It's cowardly, it's disgraceful, and I encourage people to report these crimes to police.'
'These vulnerable people need the community's help to be their voice,' Superintendent Darcy said after the care worker (pictured) was arrested
'These vulnerable people need the community's help to be their voice,' Superintendent Darcy said after the care worker (pictured) was arrested
The care worker from Hornsby, North Sydney, was arrested and charged with two counts of common assault, and use of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence
The care worker from Hornsby, North Sydney, was arrested and charged with two counts of common assault, and use of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence
Bupa, the health insurance provider which manages the facility, has apologised for the assault and said it was cooperating fully with NSW Police.
'Bupa takes the safety and wellbeing of its residents seriously and we are shocked and saddened by what has occurred at our Seaforth care home,' a statement read.
The carer, 35, allegedly entered the patient's room at Seaforth care home multiple times between August 26 and 28.
Footage shows the patient cowering in fear as the employee repeatedly hits him with the shoe and forces him to undress.
Police arrested the employee at a home in Wheeler Heights just before 2pm on Wednesday and took him to Manly Police Station where he was later charged. 
Police arrested the employee (pictured) at a home in Wheeler Heights just before 2pm on Wednesday and took him to Manly Police Station where he was later charged 
Police arrested the employee (pictured) at a home in Wheeler Heights just before 2pm on Wednesday and took him to Manly Police Station where he was later charged 
Superintendent David Darcy from Northern Beaches Police Area Command said elder abuse can take various forms, from physical to psychological, emotional or financial. 
'These vulnerable people need the community's help to be their voice,' Superintendent Darcy said.
'To see an elderly man treated in this way is disgraceful.' 
The man was granted conditional bail and will appear at Manly Local Court on September 11. 

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