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Ex-caregiver at home for elderly facing abuse charge

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A woman who worked as a caregiver at a home for the elderly in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, is facing charges of abuse after it came to light that she repeatedly slapped an 88-year-old woman resident and used abusive language toward her.

The 55-year-old caregiver, who has since been fired from the Yokkaichi Kaihoen, abused the bedridden woman several times during the night shift between the end of July and the beginning of September, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the woman's son noticed bruises on his mother's hands and face and secretly installed a video camera. After seeing video footage of abuse on 15 occasions, the son reported the abuse to the home and filed a complaint with the police.

The video footage shows the caregiver slapping the woman with both hands, smothering her with a pillow and yelling at her to hurry up and die.

The caregiver, who was fired on Sept 17, was quoted by the head of the home as saying she was stressed out from looking after so many residents. The home has about 100 residents but at night, there are only four or five staff on duty.

Police are investigating to see if any other elderly residents were abused by the former caregiver.

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After seeing video footage of abuse on 15 occasions, the son reported the abuse

WTF? Once would have been enough for me

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pep talk daily aged weak and senile so don't wreak anger frus on them. As manual instructs gentle words and hands with no expectation of cooperation or appreciation

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From the report I saw on TV, I understood that when he checked the footage he saw 15 incidents.

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After seeing video footage of abuse on 15 occasions, the son reported the abuse to the home and filed a complaint with the police. 15 occasions meaning what exactly? 15 occurrences all in a "one night" shift? 15 repetative incidents on different days? 15 seems way overwhelming to then take corrective action with local authorities. What took the son so long?? I pray the elderly lady is safe and healthy.

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Tough job. It is like watching over toddlers.

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I'm concerned that this kind of elderly abuse case might be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Monozuki, I feel the same way.

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