Nursing-home comparison tool guides searches on the web

Few choices for some

Camille Parent of Peterborough, Ont., keeps a close eye on nursing home inspection reports after a hidden camera captured mistreatment of his 87-year-old mother, Hellen MacDonald, who has dementia. In one portion of the video, a cloth filled with feces was shoved in her face.

“I call these sites smoke and mirrors,” said Parent, who advocates to stop elder abuse. “It’s just information. They’re not acting once they get that information.”

Despite the information that might be available, Parent said, with a shortage of nursing home beds, there’s often little choice.

I would prefer seeing the money and energy put towards a national PSW registry, more staffing, consequences to offending homes and Ombudsman oversight. I judge the Government and it’s People by their action not promises!


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