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Daughter catches care worker trying to suffocate father after hiding camera in his room

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A care worker was caught placing a cloth over an elderly mans mouth and assaulting him.

Noleen Hausler had become concerned for her 89-year-old father Clarence, and placed a hidden camera in his room to check that everything was okay.

What she found shocked her. The footage showed Corey Lucas suffocating her elderly father by placing a napkin over his mouth and nose, as well as jabbing food into his mouth.

Lucas has been jailed for the assault after footage was passed to police.

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Ms Hauser, who is a nurse, said: Being confronted with the visual images, I went into a state of shock and total concern for Father.

My heart was racing (and) my hands were shaking.

Lucas put a napkin over the elderly man's mouth

Lucas put a napkin over the elderly mans mouth (Picture: ABC News 24)

The abuse was filmed in September 2015 at Mitcham Residential Care Facility in Adelaide, operated by Japara Healthcare.

Ms Hauser gave evidence at a hearing into what happened at the aged care royal commission in Perth on Monday, the Daily Mail reports.

I had no idea that someone could possibly do that, she said. I felt for dad in the fact that I didnt protect him sufficiently.

The commission is examining whether Japara prioritised its own corporate interests and reputation over person-centred care.

Ms Hausler, whose father died in January 2017, said while some staff were dedicated and compassionate, Japara had a profit-driven attitude.

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