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Nursing home to be probed over resident assault

One of Australia’s biggest aged care providers will be asked by the royal commission how it responded to one of its workers assaulting an elderly resident on camera.

The footage was taken in Clarence Hausler’s bedroom at Mitcham Residential Care Facility in Adelaide on a camera hidden by his daughter, Noleen Hausler, who became suspicious about his bruises in 2015.

It showed a carer violently force-feeding the 89-year-old, sneezing on him, pinning his arms down, flicking his nose and holding a large napkin over his face.

Hausler took the video to police and the carer was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two assault charges.

Andrew Sudholz, chief executive of Australian stock exchange-listed Japara Healthcare, which owns the facility, will testify at a hearing in Perth this week.

The case is being examined as part of the commission’s focus at the week-long hearings on person-centred care, including care that values identity, experience and autonomy and promotes choice and control.

It is also focusing on palliative care and will examine a case involving the Alkira Gardens residential aged care facility in Miranda, NSW, which is operated by the Sisters of Our Lady of China Health Care.

Shannon Ruddock believes her late father Vincent Paranthoiene received sub-standard palliative care at the facility and will tell the commission about it.

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