A care worker laughed at an elderly man with communication problems as colleagues helped another resident in distress.
Grzegorz Szweda was employed as a support worker at Abbeyside Nursing Home at the Grove, Elgin, in 2017 when allegations were made about his conduct.
The matter was reported to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), whose fitness to practise panel has now found he infringed rules on 13 occasions.
The panel warned Szweda about his future conduct, and that warning will stay on his registration for three years.
A new SSSC report details evidence to the panel by one of Szweda’s colleagues of an incident on November 15 2017 when he was with a resident who cannot talk.
It said: “The colleague heard Szweda saying ‘eyes open, eyes shut’ to the resident who was opening and closing his eyes. Szweda seemed amused by this.
“The colleague considered his conduct to be abusive.”
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The panel found it was proved that Szweda had laughed at the resident.
On the same day, a female resident was distressed as she did not recognise those around her, the report said. It added: “The colleague stated Szweda was laughing in response to what the resident was saying and you appeared to find the situation hilarious.
“She likened your actions to a ‘teenage carry-on’.”
According to the report, Szweda’s manager said he asked in July 2017 for Christmas Day off and was turned down – but then called the home from Poland on Christmas Day “unable to remember” whether he was due to work.
The manager told the panel “the home was understaffed and she had not been able to arrange a replacement worker”.
The panel ruled Szweda’s misconduct was “serious”. It added: “A warning is appropriate. It will provide an adequate safeguard against you repeating your misconduct.”
It considered Szweda had no previous SSSC rulings, that he had engaged with the panel, his behaviour did not form a pattern and residents were not harmed as a result.
A spokeswoman for the home said: “We would confirm Grzegorz is no longer an employee of our company.”
Szweda did not respond to the Evening Express’ invitation to comment.