By Abigail Donoghue | Cheshire Live |
A care home insists they have a ‘a zero-tolerance approach’ after a carer was jailed for willfully neglecting a resident.
Avandale Lodge, Northwich told Cheshire Live that Vangirai Michael Kufa was employed by a temporary staffing agency and worked at the home in early 2018.
Kufa, 40, was jailed on Thursday, June 27 for nine months after pleading guilty to a charge of ill-treating a person without mental capacity.
The victim was assessed by healthcare professionals who determined he needed one to one care 24 hours a day.
A care package was put in place by Last Minute Nursing, who allocated Kufa as one of the carers.
The family of the victim became aware of a series of worrying incidents over the next few months, which included him falling out of bed.
Being concerned for his welfare, the family installed a camera in his room which captured Kufa neglecting the victim.
It showed Kufa using his phone and paying no attention to the victim. When he tried to get his attention, Kufa elbowed him in the back and hit him in the groin four times.
The incident was then reported to Last Minute Nursing and Cheshire Constabulary.
A spokesperson for the Avandale Lodge said:“Mr Kufa was employed by a temporary staffing agency and worked at our home in early 2018.
“His behaviour goes against everything we stand for as an organisation, and we handle these concerns in the strongest possible way. When his behaviour first came to light, we immediately made sure he did not work in any of our homes again.
“We subsequently provided all possible support to the affected resident and their loved ones, and did everything we could to help the police investigation.
“We fully support the court’s decision and retain a zero-tolerance approach to any behaviour which goes against our ethos of kindness.”