Care home worker struck off for online abuse of deceased resident
A care home worker who abused a deceased resident online is being struck off by the Scottish regulator.
Cheryl Cunningham posted “the home is going to be too quiet now without your banging” under a Facebook notification of the death of the resident by a funeral directors in July 2018.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) said Ms Cunningham’s comment was “entirely inappropriate” and “demonstrated a failure to show dignity and respect” to the resident and her family.
Ms Cunningham, who was employed at Meallmore’s Leven Beach Care Home in Leven, Fife (pictured) in 2018, was also found to have failed to apply the brakes to a resident’s commode and failed to ensure a resident at risk of choking had access to their buzzer.
Addressing Ms Cunningham, the SSSC said she had been responsible for “a number of serious failings over the course of 12 months, which placed vulnerable people at an increased risk, and despite two previous disciplinary hearings by your employer, you continued to fail to practice safely and effectively”.
A Meallmore spokesperson said: “We responded immediately to complaints regarding the member of staff, launching an investigation and reporting it to the Scottish Social Services Council. She left Meallmore following disciplinary proceedings. We have a strict social media policy that our staff must adhere to regarding their behaviour and conduct online.”
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