Stressed carer knocked dementia patient to floor

Ill treatment: Sheila Stringer worked at Lady Elsie Finney House
Ill treatment: Sheila Stringer worked at Lady Elsie Finney House
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A care assistant has admitted pulling an elderly dementia patient by his ear and knocking him to the floor.

Sheila Margaret Stringer, 59, of Arnhem Road, Callon, Preston, walked off and left the elderly man at Lady Elsie Finney House care home, on Cottam Avenue in Ingol, Preston Magistrates’ Court was told.

At the time of the incident, on May 4 this year, she had the care of resident Gordon Burns at the 45 roomed home.

Stringer, who has been a carer for 20 years, admitted ill treating a person who lacked mental capacity.

Prosecuting, Malcolm Isherwood said: “The defendant was employed at Lady Elsie Finney House care home.

“That is a home for people suffering with dementia and the complainant in this case, who doesn’t feature in the witness list for obvious reasons, is an elderly man. It is alleged she lost her temper pushed him to the floor by taking hold of his ear and then walked off and left him there.”

The court heard Mr Burns could at times be a “challenging gentleman”.

The bench was told Stringer had “a lot going on in her personal life” as her father was dying, and she had been helping her mother with his care.

Defending, Natalie MacKenzie said: “She thought she was dealing well with things in her life

“It would appear this gentleman has been challenging and she has in a split second overreacted.

“She knows she has caused an injury to him and is deeply remorseful and apologetic.

“It’s a split second blip rather than a real intention to hurt this gentleman. She is a lady of previous good character.

“There’s no suggestion of any long term ill treatment.”

Stringer will be sentenced on September 21.