‘Nursing Home Karen’ abruptly ends woman’s visit with sickly mom after refusing to check her ‘blue lips’

'Don't take her away! You bastards!'


Kahron Spearman


Posted on Dec 8, 2020

A video trending on Reddit shows a harrowing scene with a desperate woman looking through glass, worrying about her elderly mother’s health before a “nursing home Karen” carelessly ends her visitation.

The video appears to be from an English nursing home. She’s unable to be close to her evidently weakened mother to protect her from infection, including protection from COVID-19. It isn’t clear how long the visit had already lasted.

The nurse is explaining that the older woman has been smiling and doing well. Her daughter, though, sees the situation differently. 

“Can I tell you, for the record, her color is very poor? She’s quite blue around the lips, and her breathing is quite fast. And that, to me, is a cause for concern,” the daughter says.

The nurse responds: “All I can say is that we have not had any concerns for her.”

“I know, but you never do have concerns for her, but with respect, you don’t,” the woman quips.

The “nursing home Karen” sighs at the comment.

“I understand you’re doing your best, but I can see my mother is not doing well by looking through the window,” she says.

The nurse suggests she calls back on Monday to check back, but she’s not having that.

“That’s two whole days away!”

She begins to ask for this to be documented, but suddenly, the nurse decides visitation is over. It is unknown if visitation time was up or they had grown tired of the daughter’s commentary. In any case, her mother is pulled away to her horror, while another nurse comes over to draw the binds. 

She screams in a mix of anger and exasperation: “Don’t take her away! You bastards!”

Noting the behavior of the “nursing home Karen,” many in the comments believe the woman should have called emergency services or her primary care physician. However, one redditor explains the more likely scenario.

u/rumplemagee wrote: “[I’m] sorry to say, but her stay in hospital could be worse, they do not have dedicated people on hand to help elderly patients eat and move about, a visit to her care home from the doctor would be best, taking her out of there to the hospital is not a magic fix. this is heartbreaking to watch.”

According to a CNN report, during England’s second national lockdown coronavirus cases went down roughly 30%. However, the older Britons have begun taking the first vaccine, buoying a future less dominated by COVID.

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2020, 7:45 am CST