Daughter hid secret camera to spy on staff treating mother at Cricklewood care home

Anahita Behrooz and her children before their grandmother Mahbubeh went into care at Landsdowne Care

Anahita Behrooz and her children before their grandmother Mahbubeh went into care at Landsdowne Care Home in Cricklewood - Credit: Archant

The daughter of a woman who suffered painful bed sores before she died claims she has secret camera footage that shows staff at a home in Cricklewood falsified her care records.

Anahita Behrooz, 52, says the video shows staff at Landsdowne Care Home in Claremont Road, left her mother Mahbubeh Ghadimabadian lying on her back while claiming she had been turned every two hours to prevent the ulcers.

Mrs Ghadimabadian, who died last week aged 91, suffered painful weeping lesions and a blackened foot.

Her daughter became so concerned for her mother she asked family members to visit her every day and hid a camera in her room to spy on staff.

Mrs Behrooz said despite care records claiming her mother had been turned routinely the footage shows this was not the case.

She told the Times: “My mother was not a well or healthy woman when she was admitted to Landsdowne in August but she deserved to spend her last few months in dignity, and I do not believe this appalling level of neglect offered her that.

In the last few weeks of her life Mrs Ghadimabadian was heavily medicated and bed-ridden.

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She said: “I went and sat with her for hours on end and she wasn’t moved once.

“I remember walking into her room after she had to be rushed to hospital from the care home and there was this foul smell and then I saw her foot and her back, it was just awful.”

Adding that she wants full access to all her mother’s care records, she said: “I hope the testimony of a daughter at her mother’s bedside has more value to the authorities than ticks placed in boxes on my mother’s care plan.”

The care home was rated ‘good’ by inspectors for the Care Quality Commission in July last year.

A spokesman for Landsdowne Care Home said: “The wellbeing of residents is our first consideration and we are concerned by the complaints and allegations about the care of Mrs Ghadimabadian that have been made by a member of her family.”

Adding that Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were investigating Mrs Behrooz’s claims, he said: “The investigation is ongoing and it is not appropriate to comment on the allegations or pre-judge ahead of the outcome of enquiries.”

A Barnet CCG spokesman said: “‘The CCG is aware of this matter but is unable to comment.

“The CCG takes all allegations of safeguarding concerns very seriously and always ensures that complaints are investigated thoroughly by the relevant authorities and through the correct channels.”