A MEMBER of staff at a care home has been sacked after footage of an Alzheimer’s sufferer crawling across the floor was uploaded to social media.

A carer reportedly filmed the 83-year-old woman, a resident at Four Seasons Care Centre, in Saltburn, after she had fallen.

The video of Hazel Brown was then said to have been shared on social media app Snapchat.

The member of staff has now been sacked, and an investigation is underway by adult safeguarding at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

Cleveland Police confirmed it had been reported to them, but that there was no criminal investigation taking place.

Mrs Brown’s daughter, Christine Bell, told the BBC she "felt sick" after receiving a call from the manager of the centre to tell her about the incident.

“I was rung by the manager who told me that my mother had been on the floor,” she said. “She’d slipped or fell over or fell out of her chair.

“Then when she was crawling on the floor a staff member had videoed it.”

Ms Bell said she had felt "sick to the pit of her stomach" that her mother was videoed rather than being picked up and cared for.

But she said she was grateful the home had been honest and taken appropriate action.

A spokesman for Key Healthcare said: “An incident at Four Seasons Care Centre involving a staff member using a phone camera has resulted in the staff member’s employment being terminated.

“As soon as this incident was reported to the home manager we acted immediately as per our procedures.

“A full investigation is ongoing in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Council safeguarding team, CQC and local police.

“Key Healthcare prides itself in our record of care to all our residents within all our homes and it is regrettable one individual should tarnish the good work of all the staff.”

A spokesman for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said: “The council proactively works with and monitors private care home providers to ensure the best possible care is given to all our residents and we are deeply saddened to learn of what appears to have been poor care received by this vulnerable lady.

“We can confirm the council was promptly contacted by the care home manager to inform us of this incident. Advice was provided to the care home manager to contact the police immediately and to make a safeguarding referral. Our staff are undertaking safeguarding enquiries and have contacted family members.

"An urgent review is being carried out to ensure the resident’s ongoing care needs are being met safely and we have also contacted the Care Quality Commission to report this incident. We will continue to monitor and take action if necessary.”