Carer tied 88 year old woman for a smoke

A carer has been convicted of tying an 88 year old dementia-sufferer to a chair with a dressing gown so she could have a cigarette.

Sussanah Carr, 43, has convicted and sentenced at Guildford Crown Court for ill-treating and willfully neglecting a person without capacity.

The care assistant was working at Sutton Lodge, a Bupa care home in Weybridge for 11 years was sentenced to a community order with supervision for her crime.

Carr of Vincent Drive, Shepperton was on duty and had been caring for an 88 year old woman at the time she committed the offence.

The dementia sufferer had been wandering around the care home during the night. The prosecution said

“Miss Carr had been checking on her and following her round and so forth,

“She set her down in her chair and used the cord of the dressing gown to tie her to it, looping it around that way.

“She says, and there is no reason for it to be disbelieved, that it was done in a bow.”

Defending, Elaine Stapleton said Carr has suffered from “mild schizophrenia” for the past 20 years and on the day in question had not taken her anti-psychotic medication.

“She has lost her livelihood and her good character as a result of one incident that happened after many, many years of care, caring for people who suffer from dementia and those sorts of degenerative conditions,” she told the court. “Unfortunately she had stopped taking her medication and that affected her, although she herself couldn’t see it.”

Carr pleaded guilty to the offence earlier this year at Staines Magistrates’ Court, where magistrates decided their sentencing powers were not great enough to deal with the matter.

Sentencing Carr, Judge Addison said: “You have pleaded guilty to one charge of ill-treatment of an old lady.

“She was in your care and you set her on her chair, tied her dressing gown cord round her waist and round part of the chair.

“I sentence you on the basis that she was only tied to the chair for a number of minutes.

“It is a serious matter to ill-treat someone who lacks mental capacity in a home but it does seem that this offence is right at the bottom of the scale.”