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Care home workers are sacked after dressing up.

A GROUP of care home staff have been sacked after allegedly mimicking elderly residents and trying on their clothes and posting pictures on Facebook.

Five workers at Bramble Hollow care home, in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland, have been sacked following the "appalling" incidents.

It is understood they posed for photographs whilst dressed in the elderly residents' clothes before posting the pictures on the social networking site.

Bramble Hollow was opened in 2011 and consists of 48 purpose-built apartments, it also has on-site care and support services.

Residents and relatives at the purpose-built home for over 55s have told how they have been left shocked by the incident.

A Bramble Hollow resident said: "I heard rumours of staff wearing old people's clothes, I think in the home."

Housing 21, which runs Bramble Hollow, confirmed an investigation has been carried out into the allegations, which resulted in five members of staff being dismissed.

Victoria Barclay, regional operations director for Housing 21, said: "A recent investigation led to the dismissal of five members of our care staff at Bramble Hollow. Housing 21 has a strict social media policy in place to protect customers and staff and any breach of this policy is taken very seriously."

Alan Patchett, from Age UK Sunderland, criticised the behaviour of those involved. He said: "I am shocked that this type of behaviour should go on in care premises in Sunderland."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 4, 2012
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