Cornwall

Care worker Fiona Salmon jailed for abuse in St Ives home

Fiona Salmon
Image caption Salmon worked for six months at a privately-run home which cares for people with dementia

A care worker who slapped and verbally abused residents at a home in Cornwall has been jailed for nine months.

Fiona Salmon, 40, of Fore Street, Camborne, was found guilty of seven charges of ill treatment or wilful neglect in March.

Salmon had worked at the Cornwallis Care Home in St Ives where her victims were aged between 71 and 99.

Cornwallis Care Services, which runs the home, said it had made changes to its management and training.

'Abhorrent actions'

Salmon worked for six months at the privately-run home, which cares for people with dementia.

A member of staff reported seeing her slapping, pushing, pinching and verbally abusing vulnerable, frail residents, Truro Crown Court heard.

On one occasion she sprayed deodorant into a resident's face and was seen sitting on an elderly woman's legs for several minutes in order to make her stay on her bed, the court heard.

Alan Gillam, whose mother, 92-year-old Olwen Gillam, is one of the residents, said she was left with an injury to her arm after her blouse was pulled off without any buttons being undone.

He said Salmon's actions were a breach of trust.

Cornwallis Care Services said it was appalled at the "abhorrent actions" of Salmon.

It was one person's actions and not a reflection on its other staff, it added.

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