Ontario’s Long-Term-Care is still in shambles and our seniors are still being abused by residents, workers by the numbers [growing exponentially] 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 to her surprise, the doctor said that he wasn’t going to, in spite of this daughter’s insistence. 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, yelling at the daughter; when his face flushed to a bright red, she was frightened 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 didn’t prove anything but the ministry found that her roommate was allegedly being abused.. This doctor also allegedly reduced her Mother’s Celexa from 40 mg to 20 mg.; we’re told by the family member that this caused her mom to experience severe emotional problems.
The family also alleges 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 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; no one seems interested or even care, because of their age. This is outrageous, and full-blown intolerance and discrimination against our most vulnerable. We feel that this is totally sub-human and revolting. 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.