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and here is another family / in distress / while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance-------Stephen Tucker This has to be made public the more comments the better people the more shares the better . We know there's a lot of good care workers in these homes but the bad ones have to be taken out now!!! You don't ban a love one to fix the problem when he or she is the persons only voice-------

Its troubling that the government of Alberta takes the defensive secretive position always. It's not going to work any longer with social media being the new media for the people. I'm imagining that there is some disarray in the spin offices of government as the people bypass regular media to become media. It's going to be a whole new world out there and sure there will still be retribution with the NDP folks as there was with the Tories but the only difference is this--the citizens will get to hear about the horrors.
I'm sure that it takes a lot of drops of water to wear down stone and for a mountain of stones that is the government of Alberta there will have to be a sea. A sea of families.

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and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance


and how are we to  be in the world?
let us try to help each other
and let us do the right thing by our families


and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance


here is the story
decide for yourself
about this situation

and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance


should the family be  punished
for speaking for her?  should there be retribution
instead of resolution of the problems?

and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance

imagine your mother in this situation
and how you would react    would you stay silent?
or would you speak and keep speaking despite the hammer coming down on you?

and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance

take a few minutes
to think about how it feels
to experience retribution  and how afraid this family is of the government

and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance

don't stay silent    don't isolate the family
instead join up family with family
to say the words of dissent to the government of Alberta

and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance

we don't want retribution
we want the resolution of these conflicts
and we want a government that represents families


and here is another family
in distress
while the government of Alberta fails the test of good governance


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 Blog | February 20, 2014
By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
EDMONTON - Shauna McHarg hasn’t seen her father in nearly two years because she is banned from his floor at the continuing care home where he lives. She is only allowed to visit her mother there one hour each day. She missed their 50th wedding anniversary.
Hugette Hebert wanted to see her husband’s diaper change so she could assess his condition, but doctors said no. When she refused to leave the room she was banned for a day, and the security guard who escorted her from the building told her that if she continued to cause trouble she could be banned forever and might never see her husband again.James Tucker hid a video camera in his disabled wife’s room and alleges he captured abuse on tape. When he angrily expressed his concerns, he says he was banned from the facility for a month.
Albertans who believe they have been unjustly barred from visiting loved ones at care facilities can face years of appeals that end with a toothless recommendation from Alberta’s Ombudsman.Ultimately, only facility managers have the power to let them back in. “I just want to see my parents, and let my family heal from this horrible, horrible experience,” McHarg said. She believes she was banned because she complained about the treatment her mother received in Covenant Health’s Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, but the facility won’t tell her precisely why.In a process that took nearly three years, she challenged the ban through Alberta Health Services Patient Relations right up to the provincial Ombudsman, who ruled she was not treated fairly.
She took her case to Alberta’s Information Commissioner, who also ruled in her favour and said Covenant Health should give her the documents that explain why she can’t see her father. Covenant appealed to the Court of Queen’s Bench, and McHarg will plead her case there Thursday. “No one in Covenant Health is accountable. … There is no transparency,” McHarg said. “It shouldn’t be a legal battle to know why these restrictions are imposed.”Covenant Health spokeswoman Charlene Morrison said she can’t comment on a case before the courts but generally, decisions are made in the best interests of patients. Concerns are addressed first by the care team, and escalate to patient relations and then to Clinical Ethics Services, a neutral third party inside Covenant Health.
Hugette Herbert’s late husband, Jack Rudichuk, also lived at a Covenant Health facility, Villa Caritas. A former university professor, Hebert never contested the one-day ban, but after that day she feared raising concerns with staff.“When you’re in that situation, many families are fearful that if they say too much, their loved ones…will suffer the consequences,” Hebert said.“I felt completely disempowered, abused, and afraid to do anything because I was afraid that I would be banned for longer, and that’s what the security guard said.  He said ‘If you don’t comply, you could be banned forever, and you’ll never see your husband again.’ Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta says the existing system is "absolutely unacceptable."
"The families have next to no power in these situations,” he said. “The formal channels that exist are so weak and cumbersome they just don’t know what to do.”The solution is to make Alberta’s new Senior’s Advocate independent and to establish family care councils in law, he said, giving them the authority to swiftly resolve disputes and complaints. A spokesman for Health Minister Fred Horne declined to comment. Alberta Health Services spokesman Kerry Williamson said “in most cases, visitors who are negatively affecting patient or client care can sign a behaviour agreement, which would then allow visits to proceed provided they adhere to that agreement.
“Our Patient Relations department is also available if family members or visitors have concerns. And, a concern can be raised with the Ombudsman. “We must also ensure that we protect our staff from abuse,” Williamson said. Ombudsman spokesman Paul Michna said that while recommendations are not binding, they are delivered to the highest levels of Alberta Health Services and are usually implemented. James Tucker has been banned twice from the Points West Living facility in Grande Prairie, where his wife lives with a degenerative disability. The facility won’t comment on his case, but general manager Ronda Hartegen said in a statement that “the only situations where we consider limiting access to our sites is when the safety or well-being of our employees or residents is in jeopardy.”
“Of the 650 residents Points West Living cares for daily, we only have one situation where a visitor has been restricted access.” Tucker, a miner and valve technician, said he was never a rabble-rouser until his wife went into care. When he was banned, he worried himself sick. “I have power of attorney for my wife, I am supposed to be there, I am her voice,” he said. Now he visits her every day, sometimes more than once. He fears raising his concerns with the facility, but continues nonetheless. “You feel like you’re some kind of criminal for trying to protect your wife,” he said. “But I have to do something; I have to help my wife.”



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PLEASE SHARE!!!! It breaks by heart to have my mom in a emergency room bed were at least dad can now visit her . A care home in grande prairie has abused my mom for the last time . We are now taking up space in an emergency room while awaiting for a doctor to help us find a spot . The care home today slammed the door in my face as I tried to talk to them. As I had to remove mom s belongings out of there so the abuse can't continue. Dad fought with them for years with documentation and pics plenty of proof to put them under . But everyone turns a blind eye to the abuse and call it un founded . The judge without any looking at foundings or proof just say your banned and any further cost comes to dad? How does a retirement man pay for lawyer fees. I want this banning my dad from the care home for a full year without visiting rights to go viral . He has legal guardianship to be her voice from a court but means nothing . How does the justice system work ? She cannot speak for herself . Please share the shit outta this . Media here I come



Kirk Bishop
 As I read these posts I just shake my head. There is more to this than this story tells. Abuse is unacceptable. But to state the whole staff is abusive is unfair. My patents are in a care home and have been for a couple of years. Not evert hung that is done for them is the way I would like. But I volunteer every 2 weeks my sisters go out at least once a week. Anytime we have a had a conversation with the manager or director of care there has always been a positive resolve to the situation. It is unfortunate that there are workers in our care homes that should not be there but there are many that I Thank God are. If you have not worked in long term care or you don't volunteer you really have no right to comment. And this type of post just makes a bad situation worse for the good workers in long term care. I am sorry that situations like this arise but this isn't the resolve that is best for anyone involved.

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April 30 at 7:23am
Pansy Eveleigh Don't think the family said they are all bad, there are so many great care takers out there.......this kind of abuse makes it hard to trust......so very sad, breaks my heart to see this kind of hurt put upon someone...

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April 30 at 10:01am
Stephen Tucker Agreed there are a lot of good ones but for the bad ones in these care homes they don't get caught don't get fired don't get punished for these so wrong actions . Everything in investigation s in ours and a lot more everything gets put trough our system as unfounded but the evidence is there . And no I haven't work in a care home and yes I will comment because the abuse my mom has been trough I wouldn't want to see another person on this earth go trough

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April 30 at 10:09am
Stephen Tucker This has to be made public the more comments the better people the more shares the better . We know there's a lot of good care workers in these homes but the bad ones have to be taken out now!!! You don't ban a love one to fix the problem when he or she is the persons only voice

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April 30 at 10:14am
Kirk Bishop I did not mean you yourself Stephen Tucker I mean those out there that think every care worker is abusive and terrible at their job. And if I was yiu I would go to the ministry of Health and w5 if you have solid proof. And you should be more explicit what the abuse was and which caretaker was responsible for each incident. That is how you get managers motivated. Post your pictures and documentation. Otherwise it is your word against theirs. These general posts are not effective at all. Lay the blame at the specific people's feet with your documentation
Stephen Tucker We have Kirk for five years now and all our evidence is unfounded that's the word unfounded went to media went to rcmp gave them evidence but everyone is afraid like the many storeys comming into this post afraid of getting banned no money to proceed with lawyers .
Julie Ali I had two Protection for Persons in Care abuse cases verified for my handicapped sister in the long term care system. I had audit results. I was not given the Quality Reviews by Alberta Health and AHS. I was not given the independent consultant report on the facility by the organization. I did post the data and guess what happens when you do this? You get sued. Families are being given cease and desist letters and then are sued if they speak about abuse that has been confirmed by the PPIC folks. And what does the government of Alberta do? They make policy and procedures to ban families. What about the facilities? Why aren't the audits up for us to see? Why do we only see the accommodation reports that tell us nothing about the non-compliances to the standards of care? Why can't we see the numbers of cases of critical care incidents for facilities that are published in Ontario? Why the cover up of the problems in the continuing care system? Why? I guess the government doesn't want to impact third party business interests and would prefer that the underfunding of the system is kept secret. Not all facilities are bad but when there are problems why should we stay silent about these matters when our family members aren't getting the appropriate care they need to stay alive? It's up to families to do the right thing as the Tucker family is doing here and speaking for someone who cannot speak for herself. What's shameful is the government of Alberta under both the PCs and the NDP folks aren't doing the right thing for these defenceless residents. Instead it's cover up all the way.

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