Carer allegedly punched elderly NSW woman

September 2: An elderly woman with dementia is in a Wollongong hospital after her carer allegedly punched her in what police have described as “disgraceful” abuse.

NSW Police allege they overheard moaning, shouting and about 11 slapping noises at the Thirroul house about 10.45pm on Friday.

The officers went to the rear of the unit and saw an 81-year-old woman fall over and a 28-year-old woman verbally abusing her before punching her in the inner thigh, NSW Police said in a statement on Saturday.

As the older woman attempted to get back on her feet, the younger woman allegedly lifted both her legs causing her to fall on her back.

The 28-year-old, who recently became the carer and legal guardian of the elderly dementia patient, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and elder abuse.

Inspector Donald Faulds said the elderly woman, who is reliant on her carers, had bruises and swelling on her face and scratch marks and bruises on her legs.

“To see an elderly woman treated in this way was described by attending police as disgraceful,” Insp Faulds said on Saturday.

He said a call from the public helped police to stop this “horrific act”.

The 28-year-old woman was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Bail Court on Saturday.