A caregiver at a Georgia senior living community has been charged with reckless conduct after she allegedly moved the bed of a resident with dementia away from his call cord so he could not use it to request assistance.
The man’s family members had hidden a video camera in his room at Sunrise of Johns Creek in Johns Creek, GA, to enable them to watch him being cared for remotely, television station WSB reported. A video shared with the media outlet, which the station posted on its website, appears to show a caregiver, whom police identified as Teretha Dacres, entering the resident’s room, telling him not to use the call cord and moving his bed so he could not reach it.
A member of the man’s family told WSB that she was told that Dacres had worked at the assisted living and memory care community for five years and that no similar incidents had been reported previously.
In a statement, a Sunrise Senior Living said: “The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. This is not in line with the high standards of care we expect from each team member. We are cooperating fully with local authorities, and the person in the video is no longer with the company. We remain committed to providing the best possible home for our residents.”
Dacres was arrested May 8, according to police records. The family of the resident has moved him to a different community, according to the television report.