Ontario’s Long-Term-Care is still in shambles, and our seniors are still being abused by residents, workers, and now by some Doctors … who’s next?
Just recently, the daughter of a senior living in an Ontario Long-Term-Care facility was informed her mother had gallstones.
The essence of the conversation entailed that surgical intervention was imminent, but despite the daughter’s insistence, the doctor said that he was against surgery. He told her that it was a waste of OHIP dollars and that he wasn’t going to allow this to happen.
The home told the daughter that they would report her to the Ministry (after she said that she would bring the mother to the hospital herself).
The doctor was so agitated, discomposed, and yelled at the daughter to the extent that his face flushed to a bright red; she was frightened and shaken enough to call 911. Her mother was so upset at experiencing this terrible abuse that she asked the daughter to lie down after lunch, something she never does. All of this is profoundly disturbing!
An earlier investigation alleging her mom’s abuse could not be verified, but the ministry found that her roommate was reportedly being abused.
This doctor also reportedly reduced her Mother’s Celexa from 40 mg to 20 mg; we’re told by a family member that this caused her mom to experience severe emotional problems.
The family also contends that this doctor calls himself a “Geriatrician”. A subsequent check on the College of Physicians’ website by Ontario Cares reveals that he is a General Practitioner (Family Doctor).
After Police attended the facility, the doctor agreed he would make a referral to a Surgeon. A complaint to the College has since been submitted by the daughter.
A separate incident was reported earlier to Ontario Cares, by the same family member, that a senior choked to death while being fed. Police attended the scene and an investigation ensued.
It is our experience that not much is being done, at best. Because of their age, no one seems interested or even cares. This is outrageous, intolerant, and discriminatory against our most vulnerable. These people are being treated as sub-human. Our own Canadian Constitution states that no matter age, religion, or gender, we ALL have the same rights.
Unfortunately, not all family members have the wherewithal to proceed against these monsters.
Here is a direct quote from our Constitution:
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.