Care worker sacked over dog biscuit

Bournemouth Echo: A care worker has been sacked after an elderly man was given a dog biscuit - which he ate - during a therapy session A care worker has been sacked after an elderly man was given a dog biscuit - which he ate - during a therapy session

A care worker at an old people's home has been sacked for feeding a patient a dog biscuit, it has emerged.

The incident happened at the Bupa-run Kirknowe home in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, in September last year.

The male patient, who is in his 80s and has dementia, was given the biscuit by a worker during a therapy session involving a dog, the healthcare organisation said.

Bupa care services director Kenny Valentine 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 apologised to residents and their relatives at the time."

An insider at the home told the Daily Record newspaper: "One of the residents kept dog biscuits for anyone visiting with a dog, so she had a few with her that she was wanting to give the visiting dogs as a treat.

"The member of staff in question then gave a resident a biscuit which quite a few staff didn't find amusing.

"She said to the resident: 'Here's a dog biscuit'.

"But he took it and ate it. The man wouldn't have known what he was eating as his dementia is very severe. It's a disgusting thing to do."

Most dog biscuits are hard and dry with manufacturers claiming the texture helps clean dogs' teeth. They are not designed for human consumption.

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7:33pm Wed 2 May 12

doonhamer says...

Rubbish. I often gave my young Grandson Markies. They are more expensive than chocolate biscuits and full of nutrition. He is 12 now, and has a lovely complexion and a fine head of hair. No side effects are apparent, other than, like his Grandad, he's Leyton mad. (Two stops past Barking on the Central Line) but only if travelling East. If coming from Ongar or Theydon Bois you get to Barking first.
Rubbish. I often gave my young Grandson Markies. They are more expensive than chocolate biscuits and full of nutrition. He is 12 now, and has a lovely complexion and a fine head of hair. No side effects are apparent, other than, like his Grandad, he's Leyton mad. (Two stops past Barking on the Central Line) but only if travelling East. If coming from Ongar or Theydon Bois you get to Barking first. doonhamer
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