A CARER was turned into police by her colleagues after they became suspicious she was mistreating vulnerable care home residents, a court heard.

Carla Graham was instantly dismissed from working at Heron Hill Care Home in Kendal when the allegations came to light.

The 60-year-old, of Vicars Field in the town, denied three charges of ill-treating or wilfully neglecting three people with dementia.

But she was found guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.

Sarah Willetts, regional director for Heron Hill Care Home (part of the Abbey Healthcare group), said: “Carla Graham was employed at Heron Hill as a member of care staff.

"Her colleagues whistle-blew to the home’s management team when they suspected neglect was taking place.

“At this point the management team informed the local authority Safeguarding team, Care Quality Commission and the Police. Carla Graham was also dismissed from her post at Heron Hill."

All three of the residents had severe lack of cognition due to dementia and no capacity.

“Any allegations of neglect or abuse are treated with the upmost concern by Heron Hill," added Ms Willetts.

“It is testament to the staff coming forward that this individual was charged and convicted on these charges.

“At Abbey Healthcare the safety and wellbeing of our residents is our priority.

“Staff are always encouraged to come forward with any concerns which they have and we will support our staff through this procedure, as we have done with the staff involved with this case through this challenging time.”