Care worker who neglected elderly dementia patient jailed

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A care worker has been jailed for ten months for ill-treating an elderly dementia patient by feeding her with a syringe, causing her to choke.

Katherine Latham, 63, of Railway Road, Downham Market, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (December 16).

Latham used a syringe to put pureed food into the mouth of the 93-year-old patient at Amberley Hall care home on October 15 2013.

The patient should have been fed by a spoon as feeding her with a syringe would cause a significant risk of choking.

As a result the elderly woman had problems breathing and was admitted to hospital where she died two days later. However, the cause of death was not due to Latham’s actions.


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Latham was later reported for the offence of Ill Treatment/Neglect Contrary under the Mental capacity Act 2005 and was found guilty following a trial in October.

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