Abusive helper could lose her licence

The Ministry of Health today said it would recommend disciplinary action against a helper seen on a video on social media abusing an elderly woman at a home for the elderly.

In a statement issued today, the ministry said it was in the process of writing to the relevant authorities, recommending the suspension of the licence of the nursing auxiliary involved, pending a hearing.

“This step will ensure that the practitioner does not secure similar employment in another home before the investigation has been concluded,” it said.

The ministry said the incident was first brought to its attention on May 10 by the Barbados Elderly Care Association and immediate action was taken.

“So far, two detailed assessments of the nursing facility have been carried out. The ministry is satisfied that the proprietor has taken the necessary corrective action and has dismissed two employees involved in the incident,” the statement said.

The video has attracted the attention of Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett and Chairman of the National Assistance Board (NAB) Senator David Durant, both of whom have condemned the paid helper seen kicking and hitting 84-year-old Jasmin Hall as the elderly woman begged her to stop.

Speaking on radio this morning, Blackett said he would ask the relevant authorities and stakeholders to launch a full investigation into the matter.

“I am going to ask my colleague Minister of Health John Boyce to look into it; I am going to ask that Senator David Durant  . . . to also look into this because we certainly cannot have this kind of thing existing in Barbados. It is terrible. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, following an emergency meeting this afternoon with the owner of the home Pamela Hill, as well as other NAB officials, Durant said he had asked the police to step up their investigation into the abuse because he believed charges ought to be laid.

The police visited the home this morning and have indicated that they were investigating the matter.

“I do not believe that this is an isolated situation. But I hope that this would put a halt to other similar situations that are happening to other elderly individuals across the island,” Durant said.

The senator also indicated that Government was seeking to strengthen legislation regarding care of the elderly in a bid to prevent similar cases. He said he was also seeking to ensure more vigilant monitoring of nursing homes to ensure that they are operating in accordance with the law.

“Every worker must have a care of the elderly certificate and must be properly trained in dealing with the elderly. This must be reinforced,” he said.

“Also we want to encourage Government to take a firm stance against any form of discrimination towards the elderly. In this case I see verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, as well as physical abuse. I believe that someone should be charged for this and made an example of because we cannot tolerate abuse of the elderly or anybody in Barbados,” Durant stressed.

9 Responses to Abusive helper could lose her licence

  1. Ron Best
    Ron Best May 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Could? Are you freakin kidding me…

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  2. Guto Owen
    Guto Owen May 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Could?!!

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  3. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell May 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

    shouldn’t she and the rest of them that were also part of it not been seen in handcuffs already??? This humming and hamming all the time, a crime has been committed stop wasting time and send some serious messages out there. Besides most of those that are hired in Nursing Homes have ZERO qualifications, they are not trained RN’s nor do I doubt they are even qualified Nursing Assistants, they are the type you see on job searching “I looking for work as a home help, old people carer or baby sitters” type of people. Nursing Homes do NOT employ qualified staff, they have probably only 1 RN Nurse that hand out meds or puts on bandages etc., as for the the rest they are just untrained people that are hired willie nilly because of Cost Constrains from the “Home Owners”. This is a serious issue and needs to be addressed immediately, I can guarantee you this is not an isolated case. These kind of “run of the mill” people give real Nurses a bad name. Nursing is a job not everybody can or will do because it has to deal with situations where a lot of care and patience is required especially caring for the old and young.

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  4. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman May 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

    That’s all??? no jail time???? suppose it was your mother???

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  5. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix May 18, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Make an example of her

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  6. The Tourist Trap
    The Tourist Trap May 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Shouldn’t ‘abusive’ attorneys who steal money from the elderly and disabled lose their licenses also? #SpeakeroftheHouse

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  7. Marcia Clarke May 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    A business, is strictly to make money. Everything today is BIG BUSINESS. Values, Morals, Ethics an afterthought.

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  8. Sam Clarke May 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Is this man for real? Minister Blackett you need your head examined by a mental expert, or be subjected for mental observation at jenkins .
    FOR YOU TO CASUALLY MAKE A STATEMENT LIKE THIS, THAT SEEMS TO TRIVIALIZE THIS ABUSED IS ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT MUST GO.
    IF THIS ELDERLY WOMAN WAS YOUR MOTHER, WOULD YOU BE MAKING SUCH LIGHT OF THIS SITUATION? THE ANSWER IS NO!!
    THIS CARE GIVER MUST BE BROUGHT UP ON CRIMINAL CHARGES NOW. NOT NEXT YEAR.

    MR. BLACKETT YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED, AND YOU OWE THE FAMILY OF THIS ELDERLY WOMAN AS WELL THE COUNTRY OF BARBADOS AN APOLOGY.
    BARRING THAT, YOU SHOULD SUBMIT YOUR RESIGNATION AS HEALTH MINISTER.
    I SAID SUBMIT, BECAUSE YOUR LEADER HAS BEEN ASLEEP FOR SUCH AWHILE, AND WOULD HAVE TO TELL US ABOUT HIS DREAMS, OR THE NIGHTMARE THAT HE HAS BROUGHT BARBADOS .

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  9. dave May 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Tourist !
    The Speaker’s action against the old man is cause for concern and should be analysed in the context of this particular case. Money was withheld from an elderly gentleman for an extended period of time . Oh how that elderly man must have agonized. The situation highlighted here in this case with the Nursing Home Beater has people reacting but the examples of abuse by the Speaker has gone unpunished so far but justice will be done one way or the other

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