July 25, 2016

Secret Film Footage Sparks Call for Hidden Cameras in Some Aged Care Rooms

Following the use of secretly filmed footage as 'admissable evidence' to prosecute a care worker who abused and tried to suffocate as 89 year old resident, there have been calls for cameras to be installed in some aged care residents rooms to deter such behaviour.

ABC News reports that Noleen Hausler had been suspicious about her father's bruises but lacked proof to back her complaints that he was being abused in his Adelaide nursing home. Bedridden Clarence Hausler, 89, has end-stage dementia and cannot walk or talk.

Within only two days a tiny spy camera she covertly placed in her father's private room at the Mitcham Residential Care Facility in Adelaide in September last year recorded disturbing acts of abuse.

In the video, Corey Lyle Lucas, Mr Hausler's carer employed by the facility, appeared to violently force-feed Mr Hausler with a spoon, sneeze on him, eat Mr Hausler's food using his cutlery, flick his nose and pin Mr Hausler's arms down when he resisted.

When South Australian Police detectives showed the secret footage to management at Mitcham Residential Care's they told Ms Hausler she had breached the Privacy Act, the Aged Care Act and Video Surveillance Act and forbid her making any further recordings. Fortunately the film evidence was found admissible and led to the successful conviction of Lucas.