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-Brian Nolan, whose 96-year-old uncle still lives at Riverside Country Manor, said not much has changed since Eastern Health stopped monitoring the home in July.----The man's nephew told CBC News the level of care has not changed since Eastern Health stopped monitoring the Mount Carmel facility in July. The home now operates as a boarding house, and is no longer under the oversight of the health authority that stripped its licence for a history of significant problems.----Seniors are desperate for housing and willing to accept anything — including unlicensed boarding homes, says NDP seniors issues critic Gerry Rogers.---------Gambin-Walsh said it is the residents' choice to live in the home, but they can contact her department if they have concerns about their safety or care. Meanwhile, Rogers believes the province needs to craft legislation to encompass boarding homes as soon as possible, and then enforce those standards. "We have seniors — vulnerable, vulnerable seniors — who need care all across the province, living in the community without the community's support," she said. "That's what government has to be responsible for."--------------Julie Ali 27 mins · CBC News · I doubt that government gives a hoot. The only time government pays any attention to seniors in the continuing care system or really anywhere in the community in Alberta is when the media attention is present. After the media attention vanishes--well it's no longer an "emerging issue" that puts the GOA on the hot seat and so no one bothers to do anything. The problems in the continuing care system in Alberta are well documented by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and Ruth Adria has followed the GOA for decades in their indifference to the abuse, harm and fatality issues that have occurred. What the government of Alberta has done has been ineffectual. There is a Protection for Persons in Care office under the control of Alberta Health so fat lot of good this office is. It's reports are weak and whitewash repeated incidents of identical harm and fatality. Its purpose seems to be to cover up the exposed behinds of the GOA, AHS, Covenant Health and the continuing care industry. We get preached to by successive health ministers who tell us abuse will not be tolerated when this a great big fat piece of baloney because abuse is tolerated until it becomes news in Alberta. Besides the useless PPIC office we have the health advocates office which is a sort of mapping device for citizens. The advocates are the front office of Alberta Health and provide funnels for emerging and ongoing issues to the folks at Alberta Health who then create appropriate spin to counter media attention about problems. The only purpose of the health advocates is to move families forwards since they aren't able to get anyone either in the private businesses or the public sector continuing care areas to change their retribution ways. What are the retribution ways? When citizens protest harm to their loved ones, their loved one can be evicted. Or the loved one gets to stay but the yappy family member is banned as in the case of Shauna McHarg. The visitor restrictions business is very useful to the system as families don't want to be separated from loved ones in care. The PCs set up the retribution business by doing a Trespass to Premises legislation without an independent appeal so if you are banned you are pretty much without recourse.--------

#MediaAttention--the health minister John Haggie says he can't do anything. The Seniors minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh says she can't do anything. Why not? Isn't it the role of government to make legislation that serves the needs of citizens? So why can't they make legislation covering this area of no regulation? Why can't rooming houses for seniors be protected territory? I guess the government of Newfoundland is like the government of Alberta--unable to do the work required without media attention.
This loophole in regulation needs to be closed. These are vulnerable defenceless seniors. Get cracking folks and don't give the citizens excuses. We pay for y'all to do the work of legislation and not sit around and wait for harm /abuse/ fatality to happen before y'all pull up your socks and do your jobs.

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Seniors living at Mount Carmel boarding house have fallen through cracks in system, NDP critic says

Boarding homes are not covered under provincial legislation

By Ryan Cooke, CBC News Posted: Mar 30, 2017 7:04 AM NT Last Updated: Mar 30, 2017 7:04 AM NT
Residents at Riverside Country Manor are falling through the cracks, says NDP seniors critic Gerry Rogers.
Residents at Riverside Country Manor are falling through the cracks, says NDP seniors critic Gerry Rogers. (CBC)
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Ryan Cooke works for CBC out of its bureau in St. John's.
Seniors are desperate for housing and willing to accept anything — including unlicensed boarding homes, says NDP seniors issues critic Gerry Rogers.
Those boarding houses are not subject to any mandatory inspections by the provincial government.
This has left seniors vulnerable, Rogers said, including a 96-year-old man still living at Riverside Country Manor after its personal care home licence was revoked eight months ago.
"He has fallen between the cracks," she said. "He is now totally abandoned by the system. There's no oversight in this particular house... We don't know how the boarding house is providing personal care."
Brian Nolan
Brian Nolan, whose 96-year-old uncle still lives at Riverside Country Manor, said not much has changed since Eastern Health stopped monitoring the home in July. (Ted Dillon/CBC)
The man's nephew told CBC News the level of care has not changed since Eastern Health stopped monitoring the Mount Carmel facility in July.
The home now operates as a boarding house, and is no longer under the oversight of the health authority that stripped its licence for a history of significant problems.
On July 6, 2016, residents at Riverside Country Manor were given the choice to leave and go to a different home on the Avalon Peninsula, or be discharged from Eastern Health and stay where they were.
In the previous two years, Eastern Health noted concerns and violations in the home during regular visits — sometimes as many as eight violations at a time.

Not an uncommon situation, MHA says

The Mount Carmel situation is not unique, Rogers said. There are many seniors living in boarding homes in her riding.
"I have situations all over St. John's Centre where there are seniors living in boarding houses," she said. "Some of these boarding houses are absolutely horrendous."
With no oversight and a high demand for seniors housing, the province is failing the elderly, Rogers said.
cats riverside
One of the problems noted in Eastern Health's reports on the home was a pack of feral cats living outside the building. As of Tuesday, those cats remained. (Ted Dillon/CBC)
During question period at the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Progressive Conservative MHA Tracey Perry asked what the government planned to do about the home in Mount Carmel.
Health Minister John Haggie said there is nothing he can do.
"There are four people living there of their own choice and free will, as a boarding house, which is not regulated by the Department of Health and therefore now outside my jurisdiction," Haggie said.
Perry then posed the question to Sherry Gambin-Walsh, minister of children, seniors and social development.
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Sherry Gambin-Walsh, minister responsible for seniors, and John Haggie, minister of health, both said the residents were free to live at Riverside Country Manor if they chose to. (CBC)
Gambin-Walsh said it is the residents' choice to live in the home, but they can contact her department if they have concerns about their safety or care.
Meanwhile, Rogers believes the province needs to craft legislation to encompass boarding homes as soon as possible, and then enforce those standards.
"We have seniors — vulnerable, vulnerable seniors — who need care all across the province, living in the community without the community's support," she said.

"That's what government has to be responsible for."



I doubt that government gives a hoot. The only time government pays any attention to seniors in the continuing care system or really anywhere in the community in Alberta is when the media attention is present. After the media attention vanishes--well it's no longer an "emerging issue" that puts the GOA on the hot seat and so no one bothers to do anything.
The problems in the continuing care system in Alberta are well documented by the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society and Ruth Adria has followed the GOA for decades in their indifference to the abuse, harm and fatality issues that have occurred.
What the government of Alberta has done has been ineffectual.
There is a Protection for Persons in Care office under the control of Alberta Health so fat lot of good this office is. It's reports are weak and whitewash repeated incidents of identical harm and fatality. Its purpose seems to be to cover up the exposed behinds of the GOA, AHS, Covenant Health and the continuing care industry. We get preached to by successive health ministers who tell us abuse will not be tolerated when this a great big fat piece of baloney because abuse is tolerated until it becomes news in Alberta.
Besides the useless PPIC office we have the health advocates office which is a sort of mapping device for citizens. The advocates are the front office of Alberta Health and provide funnels for emerging and ongoing issues to the folks at Alberta Health who then create appropriate spin to counter media attention about problems. The only purpose of the health advocates is to move families forwards since they aren't able to get anyone either in the private businesses or the public sector continuing care areas to change their retribution ways. What are the retribution ways? When citizens protest harm to their loved ones, their loved one can be evicted. Or the loved one gets to stay but the yappy family member is banned as in the case of Shauna McHarg. The visitor restrictions business is very useful to the system as families don't want to be separated from loved ones in care. The PCs set up the retribution business by doing a Trespass to Premises legislation without an independent appeal so if you are banned you are pretty much without recourse.
It is all very neat. I thought the NDP folks we hired in the last election would fix the problems with an independent appeal process but they are pretty Machiavellian and did not do the amendment to the Trespass to Premises Legislation to ensure that the just society business would be real by providing citizens with recourse. Nope. All the NDP folks did was tie up loose ends by getting AHS to put in an internal to AHS appeal process that is required by the Nursing Act. No one that I can determine ever had this appeal for decades in Alberta except one prior health authority. It may be that health authorities don't have to follow the laws of the land because the PCs didn't get them to do this. Maybe no one wanted to appeal any of the decisions made by the health authorities such as banning because everyone was afraid of their own shadows. I don't know. In any case we managed to get the AHS folks to get an appeal process in that is pretty useless since it is making decisions about it's own problems.
I tried to complain to the Ethics and Compliance folks at AHS about the absence of the appeal process but they were rude and told me to bugger off to Patient Relations at AHS. The Patient Relations folks at both AHS and Covenant Health are basically more folks who try to move families forward so that media attention ends. I guess this was how yappy advocates were dealt with in the past.
So let me see what else did the PCs do to shut up families? They did the useless PPIC Office, they put in the Trespass to Premises legislation to intimidate seniors into shutting up by threatening them with separation from families; they made the useless Health advocates who are really a waste of cash. Recently Ms. Hoffman, the health minister realized the subtle hints from seniors and their families that we wanted action and did the usual PC move of creating yet another advocate office without any power and of undetermined purpose/ duration. The Seniors Advocate is another new office we pay for and really it is a merry go round of advocates who cannot actually do anything for families other than listen sympathetically and tell you that they cannot do anything for you as the health advocates did for our family.
Then of course there is the final brick in this wall of the Health Quality Council which brings us the occasional bit of news that families aren't happy with the continuing care system but there are no audits provided to back up the general unhappiness. Nope. We don't get the quality audits by AHS or Alberta Health. We don't get the CCHSS audits. We get accommodation audits for a bit of time on the website and then they are yanked. We actually don't have much information left on the Internet of past problems. For example in my affidavit I reference a document that is now yanked by the GOA. So odd. Why did they yank it? Could it be that a graph indicating the facilities with greater than 5 concerns was a threat to the industry??? Bizarre.
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Four residents still living in a former seniors home in Mount Carmel are a cautionary tale for government, says the NDP's critic on seniors issues.
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