Friday, April 28, 2017

Danae Chambers-- Post # 1

I am reading about abuse of residents in the continuing care system. Families report the cases to the newspapers then the stories get forgotten. There needs to be a record of these cases so that we can see that this junk has gone on for too long without any sort of government interest in solving these problems.
The sad situation in continuing care happens because families aren't there all the time, do not have a camera in the room of their beloved and aren't able to determine what the heck is going on because they lack medical backgrounds.
There isn't much a family by themselves can do to alter the situation. But the news articles collected in one place will help us to understand that there are failed practices in the continuing care system that are tolerated by the provincial governments because there is no public outcry about these problems.
Seniors aren't sexy. Even children abused and dying don't hold our attention. But even if we can't change the government's non-performance we can make a record of the history of incompetence, lack of interest, lack of action and ongoing lack of oversight.
Families will have to be the boots on the ground. It's up to us to keep asking for more from government for the most vulnerable people in care.
Here is one story from 2012 that happened in Ontario:
Leonid Kozlov, 47, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman after he was caught by a co-worker with his pants halfway down his legs, pressed against the woman’s back.
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