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don't fail them despite retribution----------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-

take up the work
and do it over time
life is long
and we are many

take up the work
and speak for those
who have no voice
in our society


take up the work
and do as Ruth Adria has done
which is stand firm
against the tides of government


take up the work
and believe
that one woman speaking for decades
is the force that is required


take up the work
and speak for the defenceless ones
since the government of Alberta
won't represent the families


take up the work
and trust that you are enough
while others are afraid and won't speak
don't fail them despite retribution

take up the work
as ordinary citizens
stand up to the power of government
testify what happened to them      don't fail them despite retribution

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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


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Visitors banned from long-term care facilities have little recourse

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.”
kkleiss@edmontonjournal.com
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Elder Advocates of Alberta Society
LTC UNTENABLE.
From: Dr. Edward S. Redshaw
2034-198 Street
Edmonton
Alberta. T6J5T7
To: Chief Administrator of a Facility
Dear Madam/Sir:
My name is Dr: Edward S. Redshaw. My mother-in-law, Mildred Silvera, 96 years of age with Dementia, and my brother-in-law, Bernard Silvera,77 years of age, seriously mentally and physically challenged are residents in Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Centre where they have been for 3 years and 11 years respectively.
Over the years I have observed, at first hand, the DETERIORATION of QUALITY OF CARE provided to the VULNERABLE, VOICELESS, my loved ones, by OVERWORKED,
overwhelmed CARE WORKERS trying to do their utmost in this regard. They are stymied at every turn by funding and other limitations imposed by the Alberta Health Services.
On May 15, 2008, Ron Liepert, Progressive Conservative Health Minister, announced the creation of Canada’s first province wide, fully integrated health system “Alberta Health Services (AHS)”.
Starting April 1, (Appropriately All Fools Day since we were all deceived) 2009, The AHS implemented the Patient Care Based Funding Program (PCBF) for Long-Term Care (LTC) funding.
Shortly after the Alberta PCBF program was reviewed by The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. The result of the Review showed that the PCBF program was flawed and put forward 27 recommendations to be considered. It appeared that, these were ignored and the AHS maintained the PCBF as implemented. The deterioration in quality care to residents commenced. There were staff and benefits reductions,
increased facilities non-compensated operating overhead through wage settlements, mandatory staff educational standard requirements, imposition of the two bath
requirement, and so on.
In May, 2015, the NDP assumed power in Alberta. They inherited the PCBF program. Various attempts have been made by several of us: The Elder Advocates of Alberta
Society, Alberta Continuing Care Association, Alberta Association of Seniors Helping Seniors, John Pray, CEO and President of Shepherd’s Care Foundation, and others.
Individual activists such as myself have published letters in the media, sent numerous correspondence to the Premier, Health Minister, MLA’s and so on. No response. My MLA, Richard Feehan tried to intercede on my behalf. He was likewise
ignored by the Health Minister. There are personal activists here in Alberta who have been BANNED from LTC facilities for speaking out and are even now facing LAWSUITS initiated by facilities. A very sad situation.
The SITUATION NOW IS: With the creation of LEVEL 4, which requires human souls to be in need of 24 hours complex care before being eligible for LTC, the LTC facilities have essentially been converted into Palliative Care facilities.
With residents now requiring an ongoing demanding levels of care, the workloads and STRESS LEVELS of care workers in LTC facilities have increased dramatically.
AHS HAS BECOME AN ENTITY TO ITSELF. and it would appear that the Health Minister has lost total control of the situation. AHS is now the LARGEST GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER
 in Alberta having over 108,000 employees. As was said about Dr. John Cowell when he was appointed boss of AHS “All the bigshots of AHS, that bloated, out of touch,
arrogant outfit infected with a sense of entitlement, a successor to other bloated, out of touch arrogant outfits, now answer to a man who criticized them for how they
operated and suggested better.”
CONTINUING CARE in Alberta is FUNDED 21% LESS than the national average. RESIDENTS of LTC facilities are now regarded by the Health Minister and AHS AS DISPOSABLE,
discardable liabilities NOT WORTH BEING FUNDED sufficiently to ensure them a dignity of life that they have earned.
I feel that it is time for all the Long-Term Care Facilities to UNITE AS A COALITION and make it absolutely clear to the Premier, Health Minister and AHS that the CURRENT
SITUATION IS UNACCEPTABLE and untenable. The PCBF has to be completely overhauled to ensure our VOICELESS, VULNERABLE residents receive the quality of care they deserve.
I will be mailing this correspondence to as many of the Long-Term Care Facilities as I am able.
I am asking that you respond to me by E-Mail at:
PLEASE ADVISE me as to:
1) Whether you are satisfied or unsatisfied with the current funding to your Facility.
2) Whether or not you would be prepared to be a member of a Coalition to make
representations to the Premier, Health Minister and AHS regarding the restoration of appropriate funding and other necessary considerations to Long-Term Care Facilities.
This is a very disastrous situation and I trust my request will receive your most serious consideration.
Yours truly,
DR. EDWARD S.REDSHAW

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Edward Redshaw I am now in the process of mailing out 124 of 248 letters. It will be interesting to see what responses I receive, if any. There is a great deal of fear out there about saying anything.

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April 29 at 1:58pm
Arthur Dear Good old Alberta. The best place in the world if you are healthy, wealthy and young.
Edward Redshaw I am 82,tryinge eopleto stay as healthy as possible, not wealthy but OK. Growing old is worrisome these days. Just can't get the support of young people in the battle to make things better for the elderly. Sad.

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April 29 at 4:31pm
Julie Ali Don't worry Edward, the young people are going to be helping out. And when families unite, government is going to have to do its job of protecting the most vulnerable citizens in the continuing care system because we're going to vote out every party that simply ignores this situation as the NDP folks have been doing -just like the PCs before them.

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