The family of their elderly relative who was raped by a worker in a Blackpool care home have released a statement sharing their distress and their advice to other families whose elderly loved ones are in care – as well as adding their appreciation of the response of the Police.
In a statement released today (Tuesday 8th February), the family, who do not wish to be named, shared their distressing story of how they witnessed and caught 48-year-old care worker Phillip Carey (pictured) raping their vulnerable relative on camera.
‘We would like to say to others with elderly loved ones in care…Listen to what they are saying and be aware of behaviour changes. If you think there could be something happening to them, please do something about it as soon as possible. Our elderly relative has gone through a horrific ordeal at the hands of someone we trusted to care for her. We had noticed her behaviour had changed, she became withdrawn, wouldn’t hug or kiss us and she didn’t want us to go when we were leaving. And on a couple of occasions she said things that worried us, suggesting she would be punished. She would say, “please don’t leave me, they will hurt me”. We were concerned that maybe someone was being unkind or too rough with her, so we decided to install a hidden camera in her room so we could see what was happening.’
The heartfelt statement continues: ‘We were shocked and horrified, never imagining that we would see her being abused and raped in her own room. We called the police and their response was just brilliant. This whole episode has been very distressing to all our family. Our lives have changed as we struggle to come to terms with what happened. But we are truly grateful as a family at the way we have been supported throughout this ordeal by the police and the other people in the team.”
DI Chris Naidu, who led the Lancashire Police investigation, said: ‘ We are thankful that Carey has been given a life sentence and that he will not be allowed to harm anyone else. Carey worked in a position of trust which he abused in the most despicable way. We welcome the sentence which reflects the seriousness of his crime and we commend the victim and her family for their dignity and strength throughout the investigation and court case.’