Caregiver punches 84-year-old nursing home resident in the face
When Bernice Robertson's mother, who cannot speak due to throat cancer, suffered a mysterious broken arm and developed bruises on her body in February, Bernice decided to plant a hidden camera in the 84-year-old woman's nursing home. When she watched the footage, she was shocked.
The video showed Bernice's mother, Hope Robertson being assaulted by her caregiver, Ncedisa Mkenkcele. The nurse was caught aggressively and impatiently forcing the frail woman into her bed and even punching her in the face.
You can watch the video here. Bernice told Herald Live:
"There were not enough good reasons as to what happened to her from the staff, other than that she had fallen off the bed or bumped herself. It really has been a traumatic experience for me and my family. I saw my mother being beaten and pushed around."
Lily Kirchmann Complex, the nurcing facility where Hope was staying, released a statement confirming that they met with the family and apologized for the incident. Berea Gardens Retirement Foundation executive director Mike Schulze said:
"We apologized unreservedly for the alleged assaults against her. To the best of my knowledge, [this] is the first case of this nature in the history of the foundation."
After Bernice took the video to police in East London, Ncediswa was arrested and charged with assault.
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