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The horrific images show the alleged abuses of patients' dolls in the Manchester care home

Sick carers torture dementia sufferers by hanging their patients’ comfort dolls

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SICK carers taunted their dementia-suffering patients by torturing their comfort dolls, it has been claimed, The Sun reports.  Horrific images have emerged of the dolls — which are used to comfort vulnerable patients — being hanged, submerged in water and even snatched from distressed patients. And a shocking video appears to show a carer yell “Die, baby, die,” before throwing one of the dolls onto the floor in front of its distressed elderly owner.

 Her colleague, who is filming, then asks: “How do you feel that you’ve just done that? How do you feel?” The woman sickeningly responds: “Great, because [unnamed patient] is upset.”Two members of staff at Ashbourne House in Middleton, Great Manchester, have been suspended pending an investigation after the images were circulated by staff via the mobile messaging app WhatsApp.

Distressing images of the dolls placed in a washing machine and on a stove have also emerged.  The comfort dolls are commonly used to help with the care of dementia sufferers, who often believe the dolls are real babies. Up to 29 patients over 65 can be cared for at the Silverdale Care Homes facility.

And a spokesman for the group said: “We take this very, very seriously. People like this should not be working in the care industry. “We have taken immediate action and the appropriate authorities have been informed. “We will ensure the people involved in this unfortunate incident are reported and there will be a full investigation. Both members of staff have been suspended and will face disciplinary procedures.

“The welfare of our residents is our highest priority.”  The allegations have been reported to the Care Quality Commission, while it has also been referred to the Health and Care Professions Council and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Greater Manchester Police said they had received a complaint and the families of the patients involved have been informed.

The Alzheimer’s Society described dementia as being caused when “the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.”

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