Hong Kong care home employee arrested over suspected assault on elderly resident

Worker, now released on bail, faces accusation after 78-year-old woman’s daughter filed police report over her mother’s leg injuries

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 4:57pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 10:57pm

A 78-year-old woman who resided in a care home for the elderly in Sham Shui Po was allegedly mistreated, prompting police and the Social Welfare Department to investigate.

Police arrested a 53-year-old woman, an employee of Po Pak Gerocomy Centre, on suspicion of assaulting the elderly resident. She was released on bail pending further investigation.

The resident’s 40-year-old daughter, who said her mother was bedridden and a cancer patient, made a report to police on Tuesday.

The daughter told local media that she found her mother in bed naked from the waist down, with her shirt lifted, and with no blanket covering her in the residential care home located on the second floor of Chelsea Court in Shun Ning Road on Tuesday.

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The elderly woman, who was conscious, was then taken to the Caritas Medical Centre for treatment.

The daughter also said bruises were found on her mother’s inner thigh, adding that it was impossible the injuries were caused during a struggle or an accident.

“At first, [my mother] said she was hit on the hips, and HK$20 was charged to change each diaper – she would have been hit harder if no money was paid,” the daughter said.

On Wednesday, another staff member at the Po Pak home, who refused to give her name, said the elderly resident had moved into its two-persons room for less than two months. She added that she did not know what had happened to the resident.

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But she said: “[The elderly resident] was quite troublesome. She had started to remove her trousers and diaper before my colleague left her room.”

She believed that the employee involved in the alleged assault had been suspended from duty.

According to police, the arrest was made after the resident’s daughter complained that her mother had leg injuries. “Initial investigations showed the 78-year-old woman was suspected to have been hit by a 53-year-old female employee with her hand in the Shun Ning Road care home,” a police spokesman said.

Police are treating the case as “assault occasioning actual bodily harm”.

The Social Welfare Department said it had launched an investigation after its licensing office received a complaint on Tuesday.