Image: Distressing scenes of a nursing home staff member appearing to attempt to suffocate an 87-year-old patient was aired on an Australian current affairs program.
A trailer for the show featured a woman, Noleen Hausler, who claims the worker started forcing a spoon up the back of her elderly father’s throat during feeding time.
Ms Hausler, who installed a secret camera in her father’s room after she had concerns about his treatment, broke down in tears when she said: “Dad started to retaliate”.
She claimed the worker took Mr Hausler’s serviette and “put it over his mouth and nose.”
Ms Hausler said she had wanted to either confirm or relieve her suspicions by placing the secret camera in her father’s room.
“I wasn’t prepared for what I saw,” she said.
Japara Healthcare, who runs the home, threatened Ms Hausler with breaching the Privacy Act, Video Surveillance Act and the Aged Care acts.