Relatives of abused 91-year-old start campaign

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Federera Grace Bello was jailed for the mistreatment of Bridget Rees Federera Grace Bello was jailed for the mistreatment of Bridget Rees

The granddaughter of a 91-year-old dementia sufferer abused in a care home has started a campaign to prevent further mistreatment in the system.

Katie Rees, 34, of High Road, Thornwood, started the project with her family on Thursday following the sentencing of grandmother’s attacker, Federera Grace Bello, 54, of Southern Way, Romford, to four months in prison.

The abuse only came to light when Miss Rees’s aunt placed a camera in her mother’s room at the Mary Seacole Nursing Home in north London after noticing bruising on her body.

The footage, shot in December, shows carer Bello, 54, of Southern Way in Romford, forcefully manhandling the 91-year-old and striking her on the body and face.

Miss Rees said: “It’s a horrible thing to go through.

“She’s taken away my nan’s memory and now she is remembered as the woman who was beaten up in a care home rather than a loving mother of six and a caring nurse.”

A petition calling for CCTV to be installed in all care home in the UK and currently has 8,480 signatures and will be presented to Norman Lamb MP, minister of state for care and support.

Miss Rees added: “We trust people to look after our most vulnerable but we can’t trust them.

“Cameras in the rooms are a must otherwise this sort of abuse will continue.

“Ours isn’t the first case and it needs to stop.”

The petition can be signed here and more information about the campaign is available on the campaign Facebook group here.

Mrs Rees died earlier this year aged 92 having been moved to a different care home after the abuse took place.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today announce a system of special measures designed to improve failing care homes would be extended next year.

The Care Quality commission introduced the scheme to 11 trusts last year.

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