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A multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit has been launched against Revera Nursing Homes after a woman says her father died from an infected bed sore that went unnoticed and festered into an oozing stage-four ulcer. ----------INTERESTS IN OTHER ENTITIES (continued) 6.1. SUBSIDIARIES, JOINT VENTURES AND ASSOCIATES (continued) The following tables present, in descending order, the most significant investees held directly or indirectly by PSP Investments where it has control, joint control or significant influence. March 31, 2016 Entity’s Name Principal Place of Business Ownership Interest Held by PSP Investments Relationship to PSP Investments Revera Inc. North America 100% Controlled investee


https://www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/prflOrg.asp…
Public Sector Pension Investment Board
Minister responsible: President of the Treasury Board
Mandate: The mandate of Public Sector Pension Investment Board is to manage employer and employee contributions made after April 1, 2000 for the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Pension funds.
Owner of Revera.

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http://annualreport.investpsp.com/public/app/medias/pdf/psp-2016-annual-report-en.pdf
ANNUAL REPORT PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION INVESTMENT BOARD

INTERESTS IN OTHER ENTITIES (continued) 6.1. SUBSIDIARIES, JOINT VENTURES AND ASSOCIATES (continued) The following tables present, in descending order, the most significant investees held directly or indirectly by PSP Investments where it has control, joint control or significant influence. March 31, 2016 Entity’s Name Principal Place of Business Ownership Interest Held by PSP Investments Relationship to PSP Investments

 Revera Inc. North America 100% Controlled investee

Revera Nursing Homes in Ontario is facing the first class action lawsuit, but I betcha more are coming for the businesses in this sector.
The real sad part of the operations of Revera is that the Public Sector Pension Plan is invested in a company that does this sort of poor work.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revera
In October 2006, PSPIB Destiny Inc., a subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, a crown corporation, offered to purchase all outstanding units of Retirement REIT at $8.35. As of 2007, PSPIB Destiny Inc. has purchased all shares. All shares have been since delisted from the TSX. Name has been changed to "Revera Inc.".
In 2011, Revera acquired Comcare and became one of Canada’s largest home care providers.[5] In 2015, Extendicare purchased Revera Home Health, incorporating it into its Paramed Home Health division.[6]
In 2014, Revera, in partnership with Health Care REIT(HCN), acquired the management company of Sunrise Senior Living.
In 2014, Thomas G Wellner was appointed as Revera's President and CEO.[7]
http://www.investpsp.com/pdf/info-source-revera-en.pdf
Revera Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board
(PSP Investments) since 2006. PSP Investments is a Crown corporation established by
Parliament by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act in 1999.







http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/lawsuit-against-revera-nursing-homes-says-father-died-from-lack-of-care-1.3812577


Lawsuit against Revera Nursing Homes says father died from lack of care

Allegations include negligent care, inadequate investigations and failure to meet ministry care standards

By Natalie Nanowski, Andrea Janus, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 20, 2016 5:36 PM ET
Arthur Ross Jones was a resident at Main Street Terrace, a Revera nursing home in Toronto. His family alleges he fell twice at the facility but was left to suffer with pressure sores with no medication or assessments. Two weeks after the first fall, he would be found unresponsive with a stage IV ulcer.
Arthur Ross Jones was a resident at Main Street Terrace, a Revera nursing home in Toronto. His family alleges he fell twice at the facility but was left to suffer with pressure sores with no medication or assessments. Two weeks after the first fall, he would be found unresponsive with a stage IV ulcer. (Submitted by Amani Oakley)
A multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit has been launched against Revera Nursing Homes after a woman says her father died from an infected bed sore that went unnoticed and festered into an oozing stage-four ulcer. 
Amani Oakley, the lawyer leading the suit, says the father of her client, Lori DeKervor, was taken to hospital in May 2014 after being found unresponsive in his room at the Main Street Terrace nursing home in Toronto's east end.
Arthur Ross Jones, who went by "Ross," was a resident at Main Street Terrace for about 11 months. His family alleges he fell twice at the facility but was never examined by a doctor and was left to suffer with pressure sores that resulted from him being bed-bound. Two weeks after his first fall on May 12, he was found unresponsive. He died about a month later on June 8, 2014.
"He died a painful 13th-century death, while being looked after by a giant business entity that is making a ton of money on the basis of its promise to deliver reliable, professional health care to our parents," DeKervor said Wednesday in a release. "He deserved better than this."
During a news conference at Queen's Park on Thursday, DeKervor said she was told about her father's falls but was assured by staff that they were minor. She then got a call saying that he had pneumonia. She flew in from San Diego and found her dad in pain.
"He would be screaming and moaning," DeKervor said. "Sometimes he would say, 'stop the suffering.' And I just didn't feel that pneumonia would cause that kind of agony." 
She also noticed a bad odour in her father's room. She stripped him of his clothes and found the oozing wound on his backside. She asked the doctor what it was, and she was told it was a sacral ulcer.
"I had never been made aware that this wound existed," she said. "And I was shocked."
After DeKervor returned home she reviewed her father's medical records. She found that the only pain medication that had been ordered for him was Tylenol. Oakley said there is no evidence he ever received it.
"This is something you would think would happen in some sort of developing country where there are no medical supplies, or in some sort of camp in a war-torn country," DeKervor said. "This isn't something that would happen here."

Allegations include negligent care, inadequate investigations

Currently, DeKervor is the only name on the class-action suit, but Oakley anticipates others will join. On Thursday, Oakley said her office has received numerous calls from people inquiring about the legal action.
In the last few years, the lawyer says her firm has received numerous complaints regarding Revera Nursing Homes and that's why she decided to launch a suit against the company. The allegations against the company include negligent care, inadequate investigations and failure to meet ministry care standards.
Oakley also alleges that paperwork and assessments required by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-term Care when falls happen in nursing homes were not done.
"Revera is not being taken by surprise here," Oakley told reporters Thursday. "Revera has had notice of these concerns for years and years and years, whether it be directly from relatives who've complained, the residents who've complained or media stories."
The statement of claim was issued by the court in June, Oakley said, and Revera was served earlier this week.

Company says case has no merit

The system currently in place in Canadian courts is not sufficient to respond to concerns like DeKorver's, Oakley said Wednesday. "Courts award very little for pain and suffering. If a person passes away from their injuries, their case drops down to very small numbers because there's no major care component."
During Thursday's news conference, Oakley explained that in a civil action, the court seeks to assign a monetary amount to pain and suffering, loss of income and other factors. But for seniors, some of those factors no longer apply, such as loss of income because they are likely no longer working, future care costs because of their age, or their ability to care for dependents. 
As she considered taking on the case, Oakley said her office's investigation into the company turned up numerous reports similar to Jones's experience.
"We found quite a number of instances of cases of Revera residents being injured, being left unattended, being allowed to fall. Serious situations. For example, one woman ended up with maggots in a wound in a Revera nursing home," Oakley said.
Revera owns homes across the country and says that it provides proper care to its residents.  
"As this matter is before the courts, and with respect for the system and for all parties involved, we cannot speak to the specifics of the lawsuit," said John Beaney, vice president of operations for Revera Ontario.
"We do not believe, however, that this case has merit and intend to participate in the court process."
On Thursday, Oakley called the lawsuit "a game-changer" and the first of its kind in Canada.
"I think that given the sheer magnitude of people coming forward with concerns, it makes sense to join up as a group and see if we can resolve this thing as a group."


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