Aged Care Nurse Caught On Camera Assaulting Dementia Patient
A Sydney aged care nurse has been caught on camera assaulting an elderly dementia patient.
Dana Grey has pleaded guilty to the assault after a colleague became suspicious of her behaviour and set up a Go Pro camera inside a patient’s room at Poplars Nursing Home in North Epping.
According to court documents, 59-year-old Gray can be heard yelling “move” at the 85-year-old patient before taking her glasses and throwing them on the bed.
Gray then reportedly strips down the elderly woman as she screams and sobs in distress. As Gray pulls on the woman’s night gown she allegedly slaps her four times and pulls her hair.
In the final moments of the vision, Gray is said to swing a rubbish bag at the 85-year-old woman’s head before leaving her in her bed with the back in a high position that makes it impossible for her to sit or lie down.
The vision was filmed and handed into police last October by a male coworker and Gray was later charged.
At the time, Gray had been working for four years in the dementia unit as an assistant in aged care nursing.
Gray appeared in Burwood Local Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of common assault. However, she stated that she would be asking for the charge to be dismissed on the grounds of mental illness.
A second hearing will take place in May.