Caregiver directed to become ‘monster’ to a disabled woman

  • Canberra care worker said she was told to tie up a woman
  • She used ropes to tie up the disabled woman for 30 minutes at a time
  • Disability group says restraining the disabled still a ‘daily occurrence’

Care worker in Canberra talk about her horror at being told to tie up a severely intellectually disabled woman with ropes for thirty minutes at the same time.

The former care worker has revealed how she was directed to tie the disabled woman with ropes attached to a ceiling for up to 30 minutes at a time; causing the woman to scream and cry out loud.

“I’m not a monster, but that role turned me into one,” the carer, who recounted how her job has turned her into a monster, told Canberra Times in an interview.

The care giver said the mother of the disabled woman instructed her to tie up the disabled woman particularly tightly while she screamed and cried and exhibited signs of distress.

“I was then asked to leave her there for around 30 minutes while I cleaned the house,” she recounted.

Thirty minutes after, the former care giver would assist the disabled lady to shower. “She would cower in the corner crying and screaming,” she disclosed in a Daily Mail story.

The care giver said if she didn’t tie the disabled woman then she would be smeared with feces, scratched and knocked down.

The ex-carer said she appealed to the company she works in, seeking for help, but the company only said it would ask the mother to stop directing the carer to tie her daughter up. The company then sends the care giver back to the same household.

Upon knowing the carer’s revelation, disability advocates have called for the restraint of the disabled to be outlawed; following a report about abuse by the ABC Four Corners at the Don Dale Youth Detention Center in the Northern Territory.

Advocacy for Inclusion chief executive officer Christina Ryan, on the other hand, said restraining the disabled was abusive, violent and unacceptable.

“It should be made illegal,” Ryan said.

Ngila Bevan, People with Disability Australia human rights adviser, also agreed that restraining should be outlawed.

Restraining is inhumane in spite of the fact that carers and families struggle to provide support to those with disabilities, Bevan said.

Both Ms Bevan and Ms Ryan have asked for more support for those care givers attending to disabled people.