As per recent findings, it has been reported that a care assistant has been accused of feeding a dog biscuit to a person suffering from severe dementia.
It has been discovered that the care assistant from a Bupa-run home in North Lanarkshire had been dismissed from her job after the case was acknowledged.
It has been reported that the incident happened last year at Kirknowe home in Wishaw, Lanarkshire when a dog therapy session was going on for residents of that area. While the event was proceeding, she offered one of the dog biscuits, which were not meant to be eaten by humans, to a resident, who was an old man of 80 years and was also a dementia patient.
Soon an investigation was commissioned and after the whole case came into light, officials from Bupa asserted that the act of the woman assistant was intolerable. However, it was the first time they were encountering such a case. They further emphasized that the woman has been fired by the private health care firm at Bupa, where she worked.
Kenny Valentine, Bupa Care Services Director, Scotland, said, "This was a very unfortunate but isolated incident that took place last year during a therapy session involving a dog. We immediately launched an investigation and the member of staff was dismissed. We apologized to residents and their relatives at the time".
Moreover, Bupa officials stated that the case was soon referred to a local authority safeguarding team. However, they decided that the case will not be put forth to the police.
However, North Lanarkshire Council officials have affirmed that they had no involvement in the case, to which Bupa officials stated that a private authority was called in for the investigation, which was regulated by an external agency.