The problems in the continuing care system seen in my handicapped sister's case continue in this case at the Points West Living facility.
Cold Lake seniors care facility being investigated after resident dies in hospital
Published on: February 16, 2017 | Last Updated: February 16, 2017 4:35 PM MST
Alberta Health Services is reviewing an assisted living facility in Cold Lake after an elderly woman who was removed from the residence later died in hospital.
Any recommendations resulting from the review will be implemented, Timothy Wilson, a spokesman for Alberta Health, said in an emailed statement, which also expressed condolences to the woman’s family.
A labour dispute has left seniors’ care workers locked out of the facility since Dec. 16. The family of Olga Penner, who died in a Cold Lake hospital earlier this month, and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees have raised concerns about the quality of care provided by the replacement workers.
Penner, who was 85 and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was removed from Points West Living by her family and taken by ambulance to hospital just days before she died.
Following Penner’s death and complaints from the family, AHS launched an investigation. Since then, all the residents have been given a full physical assessment by a registered nurse and nurses are currently at the facility reviewing the care residents are receiving. Members of AHS senior leadership have also visited the facility every day.
In the statement, Wilson said the government and AHS will act on the recommendations and “expects the facility to do the same.”
Penner originally moved to the facility in November, before the lockout, and her family said the care she received originally was “great.”