Man behind viral video defends nursing home

Man behind viral video defends nursing home
Saturday, Jun 11, 2011
YourHealth, AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - The man behind the hidden-camera video taken at Nightingale Nursing Home has said he did not intend to get the home in trouble.

He told the Straits Times he released the footage only because he wanted to get his mother out of the nursing home to live with him.

The secretly-recorded video has created a furore since it was broadcast on MediaCorp Thursday.

The clip, recorded last November, showed Madam Peh Siew Lay, 75, being roughly handled by care workers.

Madam Peh is seen sitting on a chair fully naked, before two carers are shown throwing her onto the bed.

Another worker was also seen slapping Madam Peh's mouth.

The man who captured the footage is Madam Peh's younger son, a delivery man who only wants to be known as Mr Toh.

Mr Toh, 42, told Straits Times reporters yesterday that he released the video just so he could get his mother out of the home to live with him.

His elder brother, who is Madam Peh's legal guardian, had refused Mr Toh's request for their mother to stay with him.

According to their sister, Madam Toh, 49, the brothers have differing views on Madam Peh's care.

'My younger brother felt my mother would have more freedom if she was at home, but my elder brother felt she was better off at a nursing home with professional care,' she told the Straits Times.

Mr Toh tried to find an excuse to get her out.

Mr Toh said he noticed cuts on Madam Peh's legs during one of his visits. He then installed a hidden camera on an alarm clock placed at Madam Peh's bedside.

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