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#MediaAttention----#SocialMediaChangesEverything----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.-----------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.”


Punishment of advocates by banning them won't work. It's only worked in the past because the families were cowed into obedience and they didn't have social media. Now families may still be afraid and still be punished but social media will ensure that there is some sort of justice.
Why is it though that families have to go to social media to get the action that the government of Alberta under the PCs and the NDP folks is not interested in provided? Well it's like this. If they did their jobs they might be exposed as being less than productive in terms of the oversight of the continuing care system.
The presence of an independent appeal process for the Trespass to Premises legislation would allow the dirty secrets of the continuing care system to be made public without any possibility of retribution. And when the dirty secrets are made public, do you think the people of Alberta will accept abuse, harm and deaths under the lax watch of the government of Alberta while families are punished for exposing this lax oversight?
My guess is that the PCs were dumped soon after the last round of public exposure to the problems in the continuing care system in Alberta. Even without these public events of banning, the NDP aren't going to be hired. But with the public airing of the sad stories, the NDP will never again get the chance to change the system.

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It is troubling that the unjust society is with us to this day despite the changing of the political parties from the less than satisfactory PCs to the NDP folks.
The NDP folks were fully aware of the problems of retribution and their supporters at Public Interest Alberta were also active in providing #MediaAttention when things went wrong as they so often did with the Tories. Now however, we have a case of banning in Alberta and the folks at PIA don't open their mouths. So curious. Is it because the folks at PIA are working behind the scenes to get change to happen and it's not happening? Is it because the folks at PIA are NDP supporters that they do not do the public media events that showed the public that the PCs were not accountable to the citizens of Alberta?  Is it because the NDP folks promise but they don't deliver? I mean what is the reason  for the ongoing banning of families despite the assurances by the Health minister that something will be done about the banning business?

Maybe what is being done is more banning?
The Health Minister should never had issued a directive asking AHS to handle this sort of problem because it simply tells the citizens that more failed policy and procedure development would result.
The NDP folks should have amended the Trespass to Premises legislation and allowed for a public independent appeal process that would have provided scrutiny to this junk. But of course the NDP folks --like the PCs don't want transparency and they certainly don't want this junk out of the genie bottle to be viewed by the citizens of Alberta.
Because if we saw the genie in this bottle, I'm pretty sure we'd be pretty darn annoyed. I'm pretty sure we'd be saying stuff like--So let me get this straight. Families are getting banned (punished) when they raise care issues for family members who can't speak for themselves?  Families are getting banned (punished) for daring to challenge the establishment and hierarchies of the medical system and the continuing care systems?  Families are getting banned (punished) for going public about concerns? If this is the case shouldn't the government of Alberta be doing something about this junk?


Public discourse of the banning business with an independent appeal process would make government look bad for the most part in my opinion, which is why the PCs avoided the trap and did not put an independent appeal process in. The PCs were all about non-transparency. But with the NDP folks we expected a change to the secrecy in the GOA and it is now clear to us that there will be no change. What's going to happen is business as usual with banning used to punish families who care about their loved ones.

This is the problem of the current continuing care system. Residents have no rights -not even visitation rights. Families have no protections from the banning business and have to be aware of the risks of advocacy. But when you have problems and no one is interested what do families do? I'd say they do the right thing by the person who cannot speak for herself. I guess this means retribution will continue since the system isn't now or ever interested in resolution rather than retribution.

Very sad but at least we know. The folks at AHS will continue with the mandate provided by the Health minister which is essentially maintain the facade and keep doing what they were doing with the PCs. Only problem with this is that social media is able to expose this facade for what it is --a sham and a failure.

Very troubling but as usual citizens are stuck until the next election.  My MLA for Edmonton Riverbend has done nothing to bring up these issues with Sarah Hoffman as far as I can determine. I doubt that the PC MLA for the Tucker family will do anything since the PCs are responsible for the banning business being practiced.  Seems to be that families will have to take care of this problem of retribution by going public and citizens will have to decide for themselves who is correct about the matter. Is it the banned person?  Is it the continuing care facility? Or is it the government of Alberta for choosing the legislation of punishment and retribution over the just society model? You decide.

And while you decide think about Ruth Adria who has been advocating for families like the Tuckers for decades. Think of how traumatic it must have been to have been punished over and over again for no damn reason other than the system is so afraid of this tiny senior. So much fear over a tiny senior staying with a dying citizen. Shame on the government of Alberta!


I come back to this particular case always. Its so mind boggling to me that the system would be so afraid of Ruth as to pursue her in this disturbing fashion. And for what? To get her to stop? That obviously has not worked.

http://elderadvocates.ca/unprovoked-banning-of-visitor-at-caritas-hospitals/

Unprovoked banning of visitor at Caritas Hospitals

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We have sent the attached along so that you may understand how determined the system is to frighten, discourage and get rid of me.
I was sitting quietly with a dying man, Konstanty (Ken) Stankiewicz on the evening of the 24th of October (He died on the 26th). His 93 year old wife went home to sleep, she was exhausted. I was sitting in a chair beside the dying man, in a dimly lit room. Staff were kind to me and even gave me a heated blanket – though I did not have conversation with them or discuss the care øf the dying man.
At 2:00 AM I became aware of two large uniformed persons standing in the darkened doorway, who asked me to step into the hallway.
The male constable demanded my license. He then read me my rights, cautioned me, told me to call a lawyer if I wished and said anything I said could be used against me. I was frightened (AND VERY TIRED) and said I did not wish to cause a problem but that I had been there that day/afternoon and often before, The male constable, who was the only one who addressed me, said that I should stop saying that because he would have to give me additional tickets for that. He filled out the attached.
He informed me that there was a restraining Order against me signed by a judge in the Misericordia Security office. I have never been served any documents, Restraining Order in this regard or was aware of what he was claiming.
I had been removed from the Misericordia Hospital on February 19, 2004 – note “Case Study” in www.elderadvocates.ca .
They walked me past the nursing station, out of the nursing home, to my car. Once outside, the male constable thanked me a number of times that I had been cooperative.
Ruth Maria Adria
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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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Stephen Tucker
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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Jason Norman So sad Steve.....Your mom been threw Hell and back and your Dad must be some strong....God Bless this family please.....

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Mable Osborne is there any update on jim and floss and family my prayers are with them all
Stephen Tucker Mom is still in hospital

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Julie Ali My handicapped sister was at the Grey Nuns Hospital for a year taking up an acute care bed simply because the politicians can't do their jobs. Why has the Health minister not amended the Trespass to Premises legislation? It's because they don't want to empower citizens. We're to be punished.

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Lillian Dorion Sewap Where did this take place? 😪😪😪😪

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Lillian Dorion Sewap Reminds me of my late mom 😭😭😭

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