Carer axed over missing £2,660
Cash taken from dementia patient’s account
A support worker has been struck off after cash she withdrew from a dementia patient’s bank account went missing.
Barbara Anderson had been given permission by the woman’s son to take cash from her account and use it for his mother’s needs.
But when Anderson failed to account for a missing £2,660, she was reported to her bosses at Goldielea Care Home, Dumfries.
She was axed from a register of social care workers following a Scottish Social Services Council hearing recently.
They found evidence to prove that while Anderson was employed as a carer at Goldielea in April 2015, she withdrew £450 from the patient’s Post Office card account in Dumfries and failed to account for the money to the woman’s son, who had her power of attorney.
Between May and August 2015, she withdrew a further £2,210 from the account at Gillbrae Road.
In August 2015, Anderson made a private arrangement with the woman’s son that he would make a standing order to her of around £110 a month to spend on his mother.
However, between then and last July, she failed to account for some of the cash. And she lied to one of her colleagues that she was spending her own money on the patient.
The SSSC said withdrawing £2,660 from the account that is missing and can’t be accounted for was an abuse of Anderson’s power and position.
They said she failed to “be honest and act with integrity” and that making the private arrangement with the woman’s son for him to pay into Anderson’s account each month was “inappropriate and unprofessional”.
They added that her behaviour caused “financial harm, and potentially psychological and emotional harm” and that the money is still missing.
Telling one of her colleagues she was spending her own money on the patient was found to be a “breach of the trust and confidence placed upon you as a social service worker to act honestly and with integrity”.
The SSSC described Anderson’s behaviour as “very serious” and claimed she had shown no remorse for her actions.
Anderson was also found to have physically abused another dementia patient at Goldielea on July 1 last year. She put her hands on either side of a woman’s face and moved her head in a forward motion, causing injury.
Three days later when her manager noticed the woman had been hurt, Anderson said she shouldn’t help her.
The SSSC said it showed a “lack of empathy towards a resident with dementia” and that Anderson had undermined her manager and was disrespectful to her.