I RECEIVED A FACEBOOK COMMENT THE OTHER DAY FROM A PERSON WHO WAS IN MY FRIENDS LIST. SHE’S A REGISTERED NURSE IN A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY. HERE’S HER TAKE ON SENIOR ABUSE, Lise, I took your post off as I didn’t agree with them but am re-posting it as you have a right to voice your opinion. Lise Demers, here’s what you posted: I will put my two cents in here since I can speak as an R.N. . Years ago it came to be that “least restraint policy” was put in place b/c somebody’s important somebodies (meaning someone that had clout in the political realm and had money) brought the fact their family member died in a seat belt restraint. Now, to me that could be viewed two ways b/c some seniors want to commit suicide, and some just want to get out of the seat belt. No one in this court looks at this person that died in the seat belt as suicide as low and behold they wouldn’t want to do that. Surprise they do! That needs to be addressed. I also think restraints should be used again as to me the floor is all they can hit and break a bone. Not the facility’s fault or staff’s fault because it’s least restraint policy. Now this senior that they are saying he had mental health problems…hello people , seniors that are in a LTC facility all have mental health issues of some sort. Due to being ‘stigma’ for that generation much of it has never been diagnosed and so much easier to place them. Also, I would advocate for anti-psychotic meds to be used for the screamers & the hostile residents as in haldol and cogentin. I know that haldol is considered a chemical restraint but if truth be told so is ativan, morphine, and b/p meds can make you feel dizzy if your b/p drops dramatically and the resident falls…haldol should not be always used in a crisis because yes at that point it becomes a chemical restraint but in small doses with cogentin would probably help. The paper work with haldol is horrendous and the f/u is a pain and so, it is strongly avoided to use. I don’t agree with risperidone though. I would like to see zyprexia in a 2.5 to 5mg dose be used because this is also an anti-psychotic but also stimulates the appetite for those that refuse to eat and are purposefully staving themselves to die b/c some may not be able to communicate but know they won’t get better and choose to do this. Much work and much needs to be faced in LTC and ignoring issues will not make them go away.
***MURDER IN LONG TERM CARE***
- Another murder in an Ontario Long Term Care Home – We demand Ombudsman oversight NOW! Kathleen Wynne and Deb Matthews are seriously failing Ontario Seniors!!!!
If you or someone you know has been abused, hurt or Murdered in a Long Term Care Facility we STRONGLY suggest that you call Lawyer Justin linden from Linden and associates. http://www.lindenlex.com/ or contact Justin at Linden & Associates 200 Bay, Toronto, ON M5J 2J8 (416) 861-9338
—”Last year, a Registered Practical Nurse”worker” at Castleview Wychwood Towers, Leonid Kozlov, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a resident”. This year we have a murder and what will Deb Matthews do or say? WE NEED ONTARIO OMBUDSMAN OVERSIGHT AND MORE STAFF, WE NEED THE OFFENDING HOMES TO RECEIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR INABILITY TO FOLLOW THE LONG TERM CARE ACT!! The Ontario Government, Deb Matthews and Kathleen Wynne should also be held accountable for ignoring our cry for action and for allowing this to happen! Details of the assault were taken from a Ministry of Health inspection report that was NEVER released to the public — despite Health Minister Deb Matthews’ promise of greater transparency in nursing-home care following the Star investigation. – See more at: http://www.carp.ca/2012/10/19/nursing-home-worker-jailed-12-months-for-sex-assault/#sthash.lCGSMsbf.dpuf
Elder abuse is more common than many people realize. There are many forms of elder abuse including physical, emotional, financial, sexual, and neglect.
Often elders are abused by those responsible for their care, including relatives or health care “professionals”.
The purpose of Ontario Cares is to bring awareness to this problem, and to start action to improve the quality of life for our elderly.
So far both Provincial Conservatives and Liberals are ignoring this issue in hope not to have negative publicity! The NDP seem to be the only Party to even care!!!
If you have seen the videos we posted about the abuse at St Josephs at Fleming and want to make a difference you can do so by contacting Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal, and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews. You can also contact Deb Matthews in the contact form at her website, she’s looking forward to hearing from you, so feel free to contact her at all the available options!
Interested in the “Long Term Care Act”. http://www.elaws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_07l08_e.htm#BK38
Well written but it’s NOT worth the paper it’s written on and it’s not being enforced, nor are they giving out any consequences to offending homes. Call your local MPP now and tell them that this is not acceptable. Here’s a link to all Ontario MPP’s contact information, http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do.
Here is the contact information to Air Orange Minister Deb Matthews, GOOD LUCK!
Ministry Of Health and responsible for Air Orange and partly for the “BILLION DOLLAR CANCELLATION DEAL”
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2C4
Constituency office for London On. Only
242 Piccadilly Street
London, ON N6A 1S4
Tel: (519) 432-7339
Fax: (519) 432-0613
We thank CHEX TV Pamela VanMeer for breaking the news of my Mothers abuse at the hands of a PSW.
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