Monday, April 10, 2017

we know the truth now -----------Despite having access to Woolner’s medical records — she’d stayed at the home temporarily in the past — staff served her solid food and left her to eat it unsupervised in a corner table on May 30, 2015, alleges the lawsuit, filed with the Ontario Superior Court in London. The claim goes on to contest that after finding Woolner face-down in her plate without vital signs, staff told emergency workers she had a heart attack, delaying potentially life-saving treatment. Woolner was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where she died a day later.-------They felt that they were putting her in the hands of professionals who would be able to look after her better than they could themselves “It is terribly sad,” said lawyer Maia Bent, representing Woolner’s family. “They felt that they were putting her in the hands of professionals who would be able to look after her better than they could themselves while they took a very short respite break… They never anticipated anything like this would ever happen and were just devastated as a result.”




Julie Ali
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and what does government do?--
Not much I am afraid. The set up is designed for covering up the butts of all the partners in this business.The use of the health advocates and Ombudsman in Alberta illustrate that these are placebo offices that give citizens the illusion of protection but there are none.
The Protection for Persons in Care Office is not independent of Alberta Health and what this indicates to this citizen is no sort of hard hitting investigation leading to productive outcomes that ensure repeated adverse events are eliminated.
There are real problems in the continuing care system that are ignored by government in Alberta and in other provinces such as Ontario--because it can do this sort of inaction.
But what happens when families go to court to get the justice that is not present in the government itself?
Then the whole world changes.
For families are no longer willing to be silenced. They are telling us the stories of harm, abuse and fatality. It won't be government anywhere in Canada that alters the continuing care system and it ultimately won't be the justice system that ensures change.
It will be the court of public opinion that results in firing of politicians that will get folks in government to do their jobs.

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and here is another family
who trusted the government of Ontario
when in reality
there is no oversight and no interest
by government
anywhere in Canada
in the care of seniors
it's all about warehousing cheaply
and hoping that the dementia wave that is coming up
is taken care of by the private businesses
(in Alberta it's all about the money)

and here is another family
forced to go to the justice system
to get the non-existent justice in government
they understand that the advocates
and ombudsmen offices
are foolish paths to travel
(as proven by Shauna McHarg
as she tried to hold government
in Alberta to account)
in Alberta the health quality council
preaches to us about the just society model
that is nowhere in evidence   we know the truth now 


and here is another family
coming out of the wilderness of silence
to demand transparency and accountability
families have to do the work that we pay
government to do that it fails to do
we have to go to court
to say the truth
about what happened to our family members in care
and what does government  do?
it preaches to us that these folks
were end game and we should expect these horrors


and here is another family
I say to you all
that government has never been the solution
to these abuses and failures
it's never up to government to do the work
of protecting our families
it's up to us   we tell our stories
to the court of public opinion
and when it's election time we decide
whether we fire   because it's all about job failures in government

and here is another family
who trusted the government of Ontario
when in reality
there is no oversight and no interest
by government
anywhere in Canada
in the care of seniors
it's all about warehousing cheaply
and hoping that the dementia wave that is coming up
is taken care of by the private businesses
(in Alberta it's all about the money)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrpzPR6TLY

Rodney Crowell - "It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)" [Official Video]

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/after-senior-was-found-dead-face-down-in-her-plate-family-sues-nursing-home-for-4-4-million


After senior found face-down on her plate, family sues nursing home for $4.4 million over choking death

Maia Bent, a lawyer at Lerner's law firm in London, is representing the family of a 77-year-old woman suing St. Joseph's Health Care in London. The family claims the nursing home was warned their mother could choke, but she was fed solid food, without supervision, anyway.
Mike Hensen/Postmedia NetworkMaia Bent, a lawyer at Lerner's law firm in London, is representing the family of a 77-year-old woman suing St. Joseph's Health Care in London. The family claims the nursing home was warned their mother could choke, but she was fed solid food, without supervision, anyway.
Negligence at an Ontario long-term care home caused the choking death of a 77-year-old woman found face-down in her plate of food, her family alleges in a $4.4-million lawsuit.
Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg
Bartek Sadowski/BloombergDining will be among the key activities not observed during "lite" inspections at Ontario nursing homes, sources say.
The family of Marjorie Woolner, who died six days after being admitted to the Mount Hope Centre for respite care, is suing St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the operator of the Grosvenor Street facility.
Woolner’s son, David, told staff at the London, Ontario, facility his mother was at risk of choking and could only eat pureed or minced meals, saying she needed direct supervision while eating to ensure she took small bites washed down with a drink, according to the 16-page statement of claim.
Despite having access to Woolner’s medical records — she’d stayed at the home temporarily in the past — staff served her solid food and left her to eat it unsupervised in a corner table on May 30, 2015, alleges the lawsuit, filed with the Ontario Superior Court in London.
The claim goes on to contest that after finding Woolner face-down in her plate without vital signs, staff told emergency workers she had a heart attack, delaying potentially life-saving treatment. Woolner was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where she died a day later.
They felt that they were putting her in the hands of professionals who would be able to look after her better than they could themselves
“It is terribly sad,” said lawyer Maia Bent, representing Woolner’s family. “They felt that they were putting her in the hands of professionals who would be able to look after her better than they could themselves while they took a very short respite break… They never anticipated anything like this would ever happen and were just devastated as a result.”
A statement of claim contains allegations not yet tested in court. St. Joseph’s hasn’t responded with a statement of defence yet.
Asked about the case, a hospital spokesperson replied, “We can not provide comment on legal matters.”
Woolner’s death prompted the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to conduct an inspection at Mount Hope, resulting in two written notifications and two compliance orders issued. An inspector visited the home to talk with staff, view medical records and policies and tour the facility, according to a public copy of the report dated Sept. 29, 2015.
“The licensee has failed to ensure that the resident was provided with any eating aids, assistive devices, personal assistance and encouragement required to safely eat and drink as comfortably and independently as possible,” the six-page report says in its findings.
A nurse confirmed that since “the event,” seating arrangements have changed and residents with swallowing issues are monitored, the report says.
Bent said Woolner’s family is concerned that people researching long-term care homes won’t know the full details about the incident.
“There’s nothing that would alert the public that somebody died as a result,” said Bent, a partner with Lerners law firm in London.
“Their main concern is seeing that these types of preventable deaths don’t happen to anybody else’s mother or father.”
Jane Meadus of the Toronto-based Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said she often hears complaints from families of residents at long-term care homes, saying staff aren’t following specified diet guidelines for their relatives.
The problem, Meadus said, is likely to get worse as an aging population requiring specialized care moves into long-term care homes, many of them insufficiently staffed.
“They’re not getting the right type of care… especially during mealtimes,” Meadus said.
Bent has two other cases before the courts against long-term care homes — in Windsor and Barrie — involving choking deaths of residents.
Perfectly avoidable deaths occur due to lack of staff training, lack of sufficient staff, lack of oversight and yes, lack of due diligence.
We have the oversight bodies in government spinning their stories about how abuse and neglect won't be tolerated but the truth is that the underfunding of the system, profit making and lack of staff training are matters that result in these problems that are fully tolerated by government. Government is in fact the reason these preventable serious critical care violations (CCV) repeat over and over again.
No government is doing the work required to document adverse events and then implement action to ensure that they don't repeat. Why would they do the work when families aren't telling their stories to the public. And why aren't families telling their stories? Retribution is swift. As well lawsuits are difficult to initiate and the payout is minor.
When it is just one family telling their story it's hard to keep this news in the public realm. But what happens when there are class action lawsuits? I'm of the opinion, that this is the way that change will happen. As well families are speaking despite retribution.
How long with government be complicit in these failures? Not much longer.


The London, Ontario, long-term care home had been warned shortly before the woman's death that she was at risk of choking and required supervision while eating
NEWS.NATIONALPOST.COM

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