Thursday, March 30, 2017

---Just a little while ago Rebecca called me to tell me that she is OK. She sounds like it might be a cold coming on. It's a matter of being awake to problems and then following up. Family advocates are absolutely necessary. We have to be able to speak for our family members without fear and without reprisals. My sister went through a lot in the system. The challenges she faced was due to being a handicapped person and not having an independent tool for assessment. Now I have an independent tool in the data card downloads. Other families may use a camera as one family has done to determine abuse in the past. The residents in the continuing care system are our most vulnerable defenceless citizens. If government will not do the job of oversight it is up to families to protect their own.-----------“In the fall of 2013, Wissner’s family noticed a change in his personality,” Kennedy said, reading from statements of agreed facts for all three offenders. “When family members enquired with Wissner he advised them that staff were hurting him,” she said. “Wissner’s complaints to his family members increased over time. “By January, 2014, Wissner pleaded with his sons not to leave him on his own,” Kennedy said. Because of his father’s concerns, Peter Wissner installed a motion activated camera in his dad’s room on Feb. 3, 2014. Four days later it captured Maria Dumo, Angelina Borja and May Casimero assaulting the elderly resident, Kennedy said. All three pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the Feb. 7, 2014 incident. Dumo was seen at two separate times that day menacing the elderly Wissner, who was bedridden, very physically frail and suffered “contractors” that seized up his muscles into rigid positions. Shortly before 7 p.m. Dumo entered Wissner’s room to pick up his dinner tray. As she did so, she dipped a fork into a cup and flicked water at Wissner five times before holding the cup over his head and threatened to pour it on him. Shortly after 10 p.m, all three entered Wissner’s room where Dumo and Borja forcefully held Wissner while Casimero changed his diaper. Borja and Casimero also used excessive force to change Wissner’s nightgown and Borja slapped him twice on the shoulder and flipped him the finger while standing at the foot of his bed. The video also showed Casimero holding Wissner’s catheter bag of urine over Wissner’s face, threatening to pour it on him.



Julie Ali feeling happy.
Just now
Just got home from grocery shopping. I got two fresh loaves from Sobeys. I love fresh bread.
Hubby tried to make fresh bread at home but it was always yeasty tasting. Then our oven died two year ago. I have been using a toaster oven from a garage sale. The toaster oven can fit a small lasagna but not much else.
I got two beautiful pears in almost perfect condition (two small marks on them). This will be younger boy's snack when he comes home. I have also got his chips that he loves as a treat. It's not good for him but you are only a kid for a short period of time.
Now that the groceries are done I am back to the lawsuit. The many interesting facts in the medical files explains a great many mysteries to us. We always phoned to ask if Rebecca was on the BIPAP at the Good Samaritan Society but we never thought to ask about a data card download which would give us compliance and care data over time. On a day to day basis staff would give us limited answers that she was compliant and fail to mention she was only compliant for an hour or so. This sort of compliance explains why she was non responsive so many times during her tenure at the facility. The explanation we were given was that she was her own decision maker and the staff could not force care. Oddly enough at the Villa Marguerite for 2016 she was her own decision maker as well and yet she had compliance over the year that ensured she did not go to the hospital or emergency once. So in my opinion, it's not a matter of compliance that Rebecca was not really able to provide based on the up and down status of the drugs that she was being given that were sometimes not within the therapeutic range--but a matter of providing services and supports to a handicapped person in a compliance program.
When you have a handicapped person, it's not possible for them to manage just by telling them and reminding them to do the oxygen therapy and BIPAP. There has to be oversight, regular checks and cooperation with family. I doubt that this situation will be any different for other patients until advocates speak out because its ultimately about money. To increase checks to every hour at night means more money required for staffing. What I don't understand is if there were checks being done on an hourly basis for others at the facility why not for Rebecca? And also I don't understand why data card downloads were not being done to monitor this situation. At the Villa Marguerite when there are problems in terms of respiratory status, the data card download is used to pinpoint problems.
Just a little while ago Rebecca called me to tell me that she is OK. She sounds like it might be a cold coming on. It's a matter of being awake to problems and then following up. Family advocates are absolutely necessary. We have to be able to speak for our family members without fear and without reprisals. My sister went through a lot in the system. The challenges she faced was due to being a handicapped person and not having an independent tool for assessment.
Now I have an independent tool in the data card downloads. Other families may use a camera as one family has done to determine abuse in the past.
The residents in the continuing care system are our most vulnerable defenceless citizens.
If government will not do the job of oversight it is up to families to protect their own.
Hidden camera captures caretakers assaulting 92-year-old patient
BY KEVIN MARTIN, POSTMEDIA NETWORK
FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015 05:49 PM MDT | UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 08:54 AM MDT
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Shocking video from a hidden camera captured three Calgary careworkers brutally assaulting an elderly resident less than a month before he died, court heard Thursday.
Crown prosecutor Susan Kennedy told provincial court Judge John Bascom the footage was taken after Ulrich Wissner, 92, complained to his family he was being mistreated at a CareWest facility.
“In the fall of 2013, Wissner’s family noticed a change in his personality,” Kennedy said, reading from statements of agreed facts for all three offenders.
When family members enquired with Wissner he advised them that staff were hurting him,” she said.
Wissner’s complaints to his family members increased over time.
“By January, 2014, Wissner pleaded with his sons not to leave him on his own,” Kennedy said.
Because of his father’s concerns, Peter Wissner installed a motion activated camera in his dad’s room on Feb. 3, 2014.
Four days later it captured Maria Dumo, Angelina Borja and May Casimero assaulting the elderly resident, Kennedy said.
All three pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the Feb. 7, 2014 incident.
Dumo was seen at two separate times that day menacing the elderly Wissner, who was bedridden, very physically frail and suffered “contractors” that seized up his muscles into rigid positions.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Dumo entered Wissner’s room to pick up his dinner tray.
As she did so, she dipped a fork into a cup and flicked water at Wissner five times before holding the cup over his head and threatened to pour it on him.
Shortly after 10 p.m, all three entered Wissner’s room where Dumo and Borja forcefully held Wissner while Casimero changed his diaper.
Borja and Casimero also used excessive force to change Wissner’s nightgown and Borja slapped him twice on the shoulder and flipped him the finger while standing at the foot of his bed.
The video also showed Casimero holding Wissner’s catheter bag of urine over Wissner’s face, threatening to pour it on him.
At the request of defence counsel, Bascom ordered presentence reports on all three accused prior to their return to court in July.
Outside court, Peter Wissner expressed dismay at the treatment of his father, who died March 6, 2014.
“I was probably the most shocked when I pulled that video card out of that camera,” he said, adding both CareWest, which fired the trio, and police acted swiftly.
“They worked very hard to press charges before my dad died,” he said.
kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca
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The lack of robust oversight of the continuing care system in Alberta indicates to me at least that families will have to be advocates for their family members in care and decide on independent assessment tools to evaluate performance of government in the area of care provision.
Since it is unlikely that the spin from the government of Alberta will match the reality that families encounter, we simply have to take care of our own. I use data card downloads and the medical file review to determine if care is appropriate. In the end it is up to every family. Some of the residents can tell us the problems. For those who are not able to tell us the problems (lacking insight) we have to be more careful. Some families may decide on cameras. It's buyer beware in the continuing care system in Alberta.
Everything is fine according to the government of Alberta and the health authorities. But what are families saying? Very little. When faced with evictions, bannings that prevent you from seeing family members in care and even lawsuits can you blame seniors and families for the cone of silence?
It takes courage to speak. Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocate Society of Alberta has been speaking for decades. No one has been listening.
Now some of us are paying attention. And we are joining up with her to ask for change through the public. When the public speaks government will change. Sometimes this only happens when we change political parties repeatedly. One party doesn't do it? Keep voting them out until we get a political party that listens to the families rather than generates spin out of nothingness.

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