Tuesday, November 1, 2016

-no oversight--no interest--no autopsies and tons of regulations----we follow the path of Ruth Adria-------we make dedicated websites about abuse and death / and in between taking care of family members we stand at the great river / of pain that exists and we wash our hands and faces and continue

and we work
calmly and without any sort of hurry
we say the names
of the abused and dead
as if they were experimental animals in tests we are conducting

and we work
calmly and without any sort of hurry
we follow the path of Ruth Adria
who has documented the situation in continuing care
in Alberta for decades    listening to government spin the webs of cover up and failure 

and we work
calmly and without any sort of hurry
life is long and we can work every day 
a little at a time because    mummies are in charge
of their families    and this is personal  if you know what I mean


and we work
calmly and without any sort of hurry
we are scientists following the data of incompetence and indifference 
we wait for government to take forever to release
fatality reports and respiratory reviews of non-compliant facilities to us

and we work
calmly and without any sort of hurry
we make dedicated websites about abuse and death
and in between taking care of family members we stand at the great river
of pain that exists       and we wash our hands and faces and continue


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiore9Z5iUg

Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz - Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) (Official)
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/fatality-report-into-senior-s-suicide-raises-questions-for-some-1.1860003



Fatality report into senior's suicide raises questions for some

September 18, 2013
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Alberta Justice has released the fatality report of an elderly patient who hanged himself at a facility run by Covenant Health.
Arnold Barstad, 90, was one of the first patients admitted to Villa Caritas when it opened in 2011 as a care facility for geriatric patients with mental illness.
He had a history of depression and had attempted suicide in the past.
The inquiry into Barstad’s death found that he had hanged himself using the belt of his robe, which he tied to a towel rack.
Scott Baerg, the vice president of mental health for Covenant Health, said Barstad’s death prompted changes intended to make the facility safer for all of its patients.
Ruth Adria Elder Advocate
Ruth Adria, who is with the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society, said the province's inquiry into the suicide of a senior at Villa Caritas left many questions unanswered. (CBC)
"[We ensured] that closet doors were breakaway, and that we could lock closet doors, lock bathrooms. We also concealed any items that could be a ligature point as well."
But some elder advocates say Barstad’s death still raises questions.
"If he was suicidal why didn't they take his belt? Why didn't they take his shaving equipment?” asked Ruth Adria, who is with the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society.
Adria questioned why a suicidal patient wasn’t watched more closely, given Barstad’s known suicidal tendencies.
Adria also said the fatality inquiry raised many questions, and should have included more testimony.
"There were no paramedics, there was no medical examiner, and usually the paramedics give a very articulate report," she said.
Following the suicide, the Alberta’s NDP party spoke out saying Villa Caritas wasn't equipped to accept mental health patients from Alberta hospital.
However, Covenant Health denied those claims.
"We provided the best care that we could, and obviously there was a tragic event. And I'm confident  in the staff and treatment teams that we have at Villa Caritas," said Baerg.
Covenant Health says there has not been another suicide at Villa Caritas since structural improvements were made.






Abuse & Neglect Studies

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Nursing Home Maggots

The Ottawa police elder-abuse unit is investigating a nursing home after staff discovered maggots had infested a resident’s leg wound, landing the woman in hospital and horrifying her family. The discovery suggests flies laid eggs and larvae hatched in the sore before anyone noticed. It takes days for fly larvae to reach a full-grown stage, […]

End of Life Restrictions

Abuse of Laura Finlay

Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society March 18, 2015 Via Facsimile (780) 415 8611 To the Protection For Persons In Care Act abuse line: Complaint against: Patrick McManus, Public Guardian Representative Office of the Public Guardian Reference: Client – Laura Guna Finlay- DOB February 23, 1922 Good Samaritan Wedman House, 10525 19 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB […]

Anne Fedorio dies in explosion at seniors’ home

Bethany Senior Citizens Home at 9920 83 Avenue.- 63 Unit Senior’s Housing Anna Fedorio, 83, died during an explosion and resulting fire on August 2nd, 2011. She is photographed below. The icon of the Blessed Mother with the white flowers was the only item that remained after the horrific bomb blast and fire. The fire […]

David Silver, 78 dies after discharge from hospital

A Winnipeg senior who died on his front walk after being discharged from the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg emergency room in minus 40 weather, wearing slippers, pyjama bottoms and a coat. David Silver, 78, died Dec. 31 after being dropped off by a cab at about 1:30 a.m. He’d just been discharged from the ER, diagnosed […]

Malfunctioning elevators at Covenant Health Edmonton

Covenant Health General Hospital Continuing Care Centre 11111 Jasper Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4 (780) 342-8000 S.U.F.F.E.R. STANDING UP FOR FAIRNESS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY News Release: October 31, 2012 Malfunctioning, nonfunctioning elevators. Elevators at the Covenant Health Edmonton General Long Term Care Centre appear to be in general disrepair. Individuals have been trapped in malfunctioning […]

Abuse & Neglect at Covenant Health, Villa Caritas Geriatric Centre

The client has suffered total neglect and malpractice by professional staff. She is kept in a state of perpetual fear, fear of being disciplined, fear of being subjected to takedowns and fear of being subjected to forced (psychotropic) injections…

Lisa Goltman dies of injuries

Lisa Goltman dies of injuries sustained at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. To date, no criminal charges have been laid by Edmonton City Police. On March 27, 2013 this Edmonton woman was so severely injured at Alberta Hospital that she had to be sent to the emergency room of the University Hospital. The injuries were allegedly sustained […]

Takedowns at Covenant Health Villa Caritas

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The case for electroshocking Mia

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Repeatedly cold rooms at Villa Caritas

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Willi Kneisler threatened, refused visiting access

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Anne Dupuis: Stripped of rights, prescribed dangerous medication

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Shirley Hamilton: Office of Public Guardian confines Ontario Resident

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Scalding incident imprisonment sets precedent

A man is sentenced to four years for scalding an infant, setting a precedent for scaldings in seniors’ care homes.

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Senior evicted from Mountain View Seniors Housing

We ask your Office to investigate the cited eviction Order concerning the above named senior Albertan Ms. MJP…

Senior denied rights at Grey Nuns

Why did the evening nurse, who said she was an RN, inform me that Mr. Thomas had been admitted by EPS [Edmonton Police Service] because of a fall…

Willy Otto Kneisler disallowed visitors

I am disallowed to visit my son Willy Otto Kneisler at the Zetter Long Term Care Center. I allege this to be abuse…

Edmonton family outraged over neglect at General Hospital

An investigation has been launched by Covenant Health after the alleged neglect of a patient under the care of the Edmonton General Hospital…

Charges laid against Sharon Home over resident’s death

Private criminal charges have been laid against the Sharon Home in connection with the death of a resident last year. The Sharon Home has been accused of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the death of 93-year-old Lilyan Peck on Oct. 19. Lawyer Harvey Berkal, whose father Rabbi Louis Berkal […]

Visitation, recreation refused at Villa Caritas

Please be advised that your staff have been isolating Ms. P, disallowing her to attend recreation activities.

Cold Rooms at Villa Caritas

On October 28, 2011, after we had made a number of complaints, the temperature was turned up to reasonable heat. Said Resident finally felt that she could take a shower which she did.

Unlawful Apprehension and Detainment

The following is an account of a senior’s terrifying ordeal at the hands of society’s advocates/ protectors/ professionals. It was physicians / psychiatrists, nurses, police, security staff, senior management staff who deliberately and with intent suspended the rights of N. S. and arbitrarily detained him.

Gloria Pickles: Human Rights Complaint at Villa Caritas

Alleging that since November 2009, until the present, these persons have totally and egregiously contravened the rights of Gloria Pickles…

Pair trying to stay together

A 93-year-old Edmonton Senior is begging Capital Care not to ship her dying husband across the city…

Unprovoked banning of visitor at Caritas Hospitals

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Nursing Cuts at the Youville Nursing Home, St. Albert

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Trespass Notices & Restriction of Visitors

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Mental Health Act apprehension

A Canadian citizen was apprehended by police on the behest of a family member and detained at the Royal Alexandra, only to be released after intervention from a lawyer. The senior was not served the apprehension document, in breach of the Mental Health Act. Only until he attended at the courthouse was he able to […]

Neglect at the Youville Home, St. Albert

My parents were residents at Youville Home St. Albert Alberta, commencing with B. in June 2001 followed by G. in May 2002. B. passed in October 2004 followed by G. in July 2007…

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Death of Betty Boyes

On Monday, June 15, 2009, we went to visit this lady at the Bethany Care Center @ 3:30 PM.
We were shocked to be told that she had deceased two days before, Saturday, June 13, 2009, three weeks after the photograph….Contains graphic images

Bed sores in nursing home patient lead to manslaughter conviction

In a case with major implications for U.S. nursing homes, the State of Hawaii recently convicted a nursing home operator of manslaughter after an elderly resident died of a massive infection caused by pressure sores. (Am. J. of Forensic Medicine and Pathology)…

Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre complaint

Disabled Elderly Denied Access to Mobility Aid

We have been informed that Ms. Weber was sent a letter (attached) stating that she was no longer able to park her scooter inside the building. Ms. Weber is disabled (since 1974, after a horse accident) and relies on the use of her scooter every day to get lunch, groceries, mail and socialize…

Attempted Eviction of Konstanty Stankiewicz

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The Death of my Mother

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Neglect at the Edith Cavell Care Centre

Enclosed you will find copies of the forms confirming incapacity and my subsequent guardianship of my parents, George and Anne Campbell. I am requesting copies of both their charts in their entirety…

Complaint to Protections for Persons In Care Rejected

Josephine Stankiewicz has been seriously dehydrated, had to be hospitalized, neglected, improper care, has not been bathed for some weeks…

Province Taking Knife to Long-term Care

A few nights ago, I discovered my 75-year-old father trying to eat his soup with a knife…

Institute for the Feeble Minded

I took my first drive down the meandering lanes of Alberta Hospital Edmonton on the dawn of a beautiful autumn day. The mighty specimen trees were in full leaf and just beginning to turn a rich confusion of colour…

Dangerous Drugs Continue to be Prescribed to Seniors: CBC report

Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa & Clozaril Doctors are continuing to prescribe drugs dangerous to seniors in spite of government warnings, a CBC News investigation reveals. More than two years ago, CBC News first reported that more than a million seniors were prescribed atypical antipsychotics. Atypical antipsychotics are specific kinds of antipsychotic drugs. They are considered by […]

Inadequate Care and Untrained Staff

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Abuse & Neglect Identified as Manslaughter

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Letter to the Honourable Mr. Dave Hancock Regarding PPCA

For many years, we have met with various persons of government, in regard to effective, enforceable elder abuse legislation….

Edmonton Police Service Defending Nursing Homes

Recently four visiting seniors were summarily removed from the Chapel church service at Rosedale, they were attending with other residents. The police were called and what is most troubling, the police came to ensure that these four seniors were removed and left the grounds.

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Failure to Provide Protective Legislation

For over thirty five years, your government has failed to provide protection to Alberta’s senior citizens…

Neglect At the Grandview Care Center

He entered the care facility on October 26/2005 after much agonizing on my mother’s part. He was a walking, talking (not always making sense, but making words), self-feeding for the most part, happy individual…

Inadequate Care and Untrained Staff

There were countless incidents at the Devonshire Care Centre, where I believe the “medical care” provided to my friend Rita Vallentien’s…

Abuse & Neglect Identified as Manslaughter

It is believed to be the first time in Canada that elder abuse has been declared an indirect cause of manslaughter…

Letter to the Honourable Mr. Dave Hancock Regarding PPCA

For many years, we have met with various persons of government, in regard to effective, enforceable elder abuse legislation….

Edmonton Police Service Defending Nursing Homes

Recently four visiting seniors were summarily removed from the Chapel church service at Rosedale, they were attending with other residents. The police were called and what is most troubling, the police came to ensure that these four seniors were removed and left the grounds.

Elder Abuse or Criminal Negligence?

The week long Fatality Inquiry of November 28/05, was presided over by a Provincial Court Judge and seven lawyers. The lawyers represented Alberta Justice…

Deadly Neglect at the Devonshire Care Centre

I brought my 92-year-old, paraplegic mother to Canada from the U.S. in late April of 2005 to provide much-needed supervised care for her…

Sustained Elder Abuse Unidentified Violence and Neglect

Disturbing incidents and events that occurred during Mom’s stay at the Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre that were not addressed or dealt with in a fitting manner when family requested an explanation…Note: contains some graphic images

Neglect At the Wetaskiwin Long Term Care Center

I am writing to provide you with some information based on the sad experience I had with my father in long term care…

Case Studies

Below are various cases of serious Elder Abuse, including news articles and letters. All files are in PDF form, and require Adobe Reader.
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Abuse Cover Up

Description: Article from Edmonton Journal
Date: January 1, 1991

Death by Euthenasia

Description: Letter from Stephanie Baziuk
Date: February, 2004

Bed Sore

Description: Prepared by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society
(Contains some disturbing images)
Date: March, 1994

Death by Suffocation

Description: Article from The Edmonton Journal
Date: December 16, 2002

Death by Starvation & Dehydration

Description: Email
Date: January 22, 2004

Death by violence & Injury

Description: Letter from Clarence M. Christensen
Date: February 24, 2004

Death by scalding

Description: Letter to Justice Minister; Autopsy Report
Date: February 22, 2005

Disciplining a Senior

Description: Letter from Audrey Johnston (Contains some disturbing images)
Date: May 19, 2005

Fatal Neglect at the Mayfair

Description: Report of Fatal Neglect at the Mayfair
Date: April, 1999

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Media Coverage for Class Action Lawsuit

A number of news reports have been issued regarding the lawsuit. Below is an aggregation of these reports.
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What is Elder Abuse?

In this article, we provide a thourough analysis of what Elder Abuse can be, in its many forms. There are also signs that can help in identifying Elder Abuse.

Abuse of the mentally ill

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Our History

An overview of how the The Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society came to be, including past influences and achievements in battling this issue.

Government Legislation

The Canadian Human Rights Declaration proclaims that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principals of fundamental justice…

Lawsuit: Elder Advocates et al vs. Crown

We are pleased to announce that Court of Queens Bench, Madame Justice Sheila Greckol has certified this as a class action…

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