Tunstall care worker Kyle Smallwood jailed for abusing residents at Newcastle old people's home
CARE worker Kyle Smallwood has been jailed after humiliating residents in an old people's home with 'horrid' abuse.
The 24-year-old is starting an eight-month jail term after admitting four counts of ill-treating or willfully neglecting dementia sufferers at a care home.
The abuses were carried out within a 30-bed dementia care unit at Bradwell Hall Nursing Home in 2010 and 2011.
Manhandling a woman in her 90s by picking her off a chair and dropping her onto her bed;
Deliberately flicking mousse onto a resident's nose while feeding her;
Shouting 'boo' directly into the face of another female resident;
Pouring cold water over the head of an elderly man in the bath.
Judge Paul Glenn jailed Smallwood, of Clandon Avenue, Tunstall, to serve as a 'deterrent' to carers.
He told him: "The residents were extremely vulnerable, not least because they couldn't complain.
"What you did was utterly degrading. I acknowledge that a carer's job is difficult.
"I accept pressures of the job may have got on top of you, but these are horrid offences. Your victims had a right to expect their dignity and wellbeing would be protected."
Smallwood was suspended after colleagues reported his abuse. He was sacked in May, 2011.
Paul Cliff, mitigating, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, said: "He failed to provide an acceptable level of care."
Smallwood is now also banned from working with vulnerable adults and children.
A Bradwell Hall Nursing Home spokesman said: "We are glad justice has been served."
It is the first time a carer has been prosecuted for such offences in North Staffordshire.
Paula Furnival, director of operations at Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust said: "This prosecution will ensure this individual will never take up similar employment again."
North Staffordshire Pensioners' Convention co-ordinator Andy Day said: "We need a culture in our care homes that will not tolerate abuse of any kind."