A care assistant is facing allegations he ill treated a 91-year-old woman with severe dementia who was in his care.
Raymond Shaun Gahagan, 22, was suspended from his role at Sherwood Lodge Care Home, on Sherwood Way, Fulwood, when the allegations came to light in December 2013.
Gahagan, of Cedar Road, Ribbleton, Preston, was summonsed to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court this week following a 12-month probe.
He is accused of two counts of ill treatment of a person who lacked mental capacity, both relating to 91-year-old resident Sheila Nichols.
The first count relates December 10, 2013, when it is alleged he scrubbed the pensioner’s face with a flannel and grabbed her wrists when she tried to stop him, causing her to fall backwards onto her bed. It is claimed he scrubbed her face with a towel then brushed her hair with a nail brush.
The second accusation, which dates between November 1 and December 31, 2013, relates to claims he slapped the lady’s cheeks when she lashed out at him.
It is alleged he then tweaked the end of her nose, and that she started crying.
Today he said he would “fight” the allegations.
Speaking from his home, he said: “At the time of these alleged offences I was working 50 to 60 hours a week.
“I have been suspended with full pay for a year, and should have had a meeting within six weeks but it never happened.
“I will fight these allegations all the way.”
He denied the charges in a hearing before District Judge Jane Goodwin, and the case was sent to Preston Crown Court where he will next appear on January 23.
Today, DC Dave Johnson, of Preston Police’s public protection unit, said: “A man has been summonsed under the Mental Capacity Act. It has been a complex and sensitive investigation. We deal with allegations of this nature thoroughly. It is our job to protect vulnerable people.
“We have been in close contact with the firm that runs the home.
“The alleged victim does not have close family but we have been in touch with her nephews and nieces.”
A spokesman for Barchester, which runs the home, said: “At Sherwood Lodge care home the safety and wellbeing of residents is of the utmost importance.
“We can confirm a member of staff has been suspended pending an investigation.
“As the investigation is ongoing, we can offer no further comment at this time.”
A warrant has been issue for Gahagan’s arrest and he will next appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court on a date to be set.