Care home snap catches nurses taking crafty nap

INS News Agency Ltd..18/06/2013'A jury was shown this picture of two care home nurses alseep on the nightshift after unplugging the alarms of the elderly and infirm people they were supposedly looking after so that they could get a good night's sleep for themselves. The nurses, who were working at the Westlands Care home in Olney, Bucks., deny 19 charges of neglect of the patients aged from 75 years to 100 years.'See copy catchlined INScare.
INS News Agency Ltd..18/06/2013'A jury was shown this picture of two care home nurses alseep on the nightshift after unplugging the alarms of the elderly and infirm people they were supposedly looking after so that they could get a good night's sleep for themselves. The nurses, who were working at the Westlands Care home in Olney, Bucks., deny 19 charges of neglect of the patients aged from 75 years to 100 years.'See copy catchlined INScare.

Two nurses at an Olney care home were caught on camera sleeping during night duty while their elderly charges were ignored.

Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae unplugged the safety alarm of all 19 patients and put extra incontinence pads on them so they would not be disturbed, a court heard this week.

The dozing pair were caught red-handed during a 3am ‘sting’ raid by Westlands care home manager Salina Ballard and team leader Barbara May.

They were huddled in armchairs under layers of clothing in the TV lounge, Amersham Crown Court heard.

The horrified bosses checked the residents, who are aged between 75 and 100 and all classed as vulnerable or confused. They found the incontinence pads were soaked or soiled and the alarms on fall mats by the side of beds unplugged.

Thirty minutes later the bosses returned to the TV lounge to find the two nurses still sound asleep.

Ajala, 56, of Fishermead, and 41-year-old Offae have pleaded not guilty to 19 charges of neglect and ill treatment of a person who lacks capacity between January 2011 and August 2011.

The pair, who had worked at the £580 a week home for two years and ten months respectively, claimed they were “resting their eyes” during a break. Trial continues

Mrs Ballard refuted this. “I stood watching them sleeping,” she told the court.

The trial continues.