Tuesday, May 16, 2017

-Put another way, 766,247 seniors were abused in Canada last year.--------------Are Residents in Long-Term Care Homes Safe?--------Prior to her father’s death, Tammy also spoke out to Zoomer Radio host, Libby Znaimer and said: “I want change! I want change! The health care system has to change…. I’m in shock that we are having this conversation… How many of our elders have to die or be hurt?”---

Get going CARP. Why is Ruth Adria doing the work of all the so called seniors' organizations who cosy up with government and don't do a darn thing except preserve the fiction of good governance? Isn't it time CARP kicked Government Rump like we're doing?
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Every year, more than 1,000 patients in long-term care facilities are abused, physically harmed by aggression or neglect. There is no straightforward solution.

Wanda Morris, Postmedia News | May 16, 2017 12:41 PM ET It was over 3 decades ago, but I still remember the elegant surroundings I saw when I stepped out of the car: the freshly clipped lawn, the stone façade, the oak…

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Julie Ali It is about time CARP got off the fence and began to talk about this issue. I've found this organization less than active until this year. Why? Could it be CARP is really all about supporting the government at all levels rather than in supporting the seniors? If the folks at CARP --with the tons of resources they had did a fraction of the work that Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society did-we would have had change long ago. And yet we have no change -at least in Alberta. What will change this situation is the families joining up with organizations to defend the violated human rights of this group of citizens who are second class citizens in their own provinces, territories and nation.

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Peggy Smith This has been going on for many years and staff, family and even residents try to speak out, but all pleas fall on deaf ears. The general populous is wearing blinders and doesn't seem to think that it affects them, and the resident's don't have a voice. I am a retired HCA and have written a book on the subject titled "Three Score and Ten, What Then", in hopes of starting a global conversation and getting people's attention. We need more CARE in long-term care. Our elders deserve more respect and support. They did their part doing for us during their productive years, and now it is our turn to ensure that they get the care they require. It is our social responsibility to care for the ill and frail. We need to do much better.

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Julie Ali Government is not interested in helping seniors. In Alberta they are big on spin (#GOASPIN) and not in doing anything about the problems. I guess it would take work to do the changes and government doesn't want to do the work. I mean just look at the problems at the Lacombe long term care facility. This long term care facility is run by the health authority--AHS. And the problems have occurred over four years at least in terms of the accommodation problems as noted on the GOA website. So there is no excuse for the folks at AHS who are now telling us that they take the problems seriously and have done audits. What were they doing over the four years where the problems were noted by the inspectors? Were they sitting waiting for divine guidance?http://standardsandlicensing.alberta.ca/detail_page.html...LACOMBE HOSPITAL AND CARE CENTRE 
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Ferne MacAulay it is now and always has been all about profits. The owners of these care homes don't care about their clients, they just want to make money. If they did care, they'd put on more staff to accommodate their clients needs.

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Julie Ali This happens in Alberta in both public and private (not for profit as well as for profit) facilities. The problem is not the facilities. The problem is government. Government in Alberta talks a fine spin story as noted here but don't do the work required to change the abysmal situations that sometimes occur:http://www.cbc.ca/.../staff-placed-on-leave-after-nursing... Staff placed on leave after nursing students flag alarming problems at Lacombe Hospital
Using leaked audit documents, Opposition Wildrose describe conditions at the facility as 'appalling'
By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2017 1:32 PM MT Last Updated: May 11, 2017 6:49 PM MT "We are grateful that the students who were on the site did raise concerns and that AHS followed up immediately," said Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. *********************************** The only constant in this ongoing business of problem facilities is that the government knows of the problems but doesn't do anything until media gets the information from families, nursing students, the passing stranger on the street or the official opposition (the Wildrose Party). I have no expectation any of this will change. The system is pretty much rigged in Alberta. As families all we can do is document these events for other families to be warned.All the government does is put staff on holiday so as to tell us they are dealing with events that appear to have gone on for years in the case of this facility.http://www.wildrosecaucus.ca/.../2017/05/Doc1RDCTD-2.pdf

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Jacqueline Graham I know this for a fact and it is only getting worse. That is why I advise family to visit at all hours to really see what is going on and sending in a spy would not hurt someone who is unknown to staff.

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Julie Ali Camera in room if possible. If not have an outside form of supervision. My sister's BIPAP download is given to me each month. I check on her at different times and odd days. If you can't do it yourself hire a nursing service to do this work for you. It's important. These folks are very vulnerable and cannot tell you if they are being neglected or abused. If at all possible make sure you have the medical records if you suspect any sort of problems.

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Marilyn J Hew My darling father got amazing care for his Dementia-ridden last four years at SUNNYBROOK veterans residence. 
I am SO grateful to all the nursing staff and all other workers who had contact with my dad. He passed last year at 93.5 years old !! ❤️

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Julie Ali You're right that there are angels and yet this does not preclude the presence of problems.

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Kim Scott Regulate all those who work there, not just the nurses and doctors.

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Julie Ali Regulation without oversight is useless. Regulation without penalty is a farce as it is in Alberta.

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Valerie Walker CARP, I tried the link in the National Post article....it doesn't appear to go anywhere. This is the link I tried http://www.carp.ca/campaign/residentsafety/#provincialask

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Are Residents in Long-Term Care Homes Safe?

Residents are still suffering from abuse in Long-Term Care Homes. Here’s how one family reached out to CARP for support.

On January 30th, 2017 the Carbino family sent a desperate note to CARP President, Moses Znaimer.
“He (James) was almost beaten to death in his sleep at St. Joseph Villa (Long-Term Care Facility) two nights ago. He is a gentle soul of 86 and has dementia. Another resident with dementia walked down the hall to his room and beat him at around 2 am. This was NOT noticed by any staff until they found him wandering the halls bleeding profusely after the attack!!!
There are no security precautions in place (such as bed alarms, hall cameras or door alarms). This is a government run home and it seems to me like there is a systematic breakdown and gross negligence on the part of the home,” wrote Richard Carbino, son-in-law of James Acker, 86.
James suffered head trauma, bleeding on the brain, black eyes and bloody face. The Carbino family shared heart-breaking photos of James after he was assaulted in his sleep the night before.

CARP says lack of funding and qualified staff, increasing number of dementia patients, aging infrastructure and overworked support workers contribute to putting residents at risk.

CARP took James Acker’s story to Queen Park accompanied by his daughter, Tammy Carbino. Under pressure from CARP and Ontario’s NDP critic, Teresa Armstrong, Tammy met with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. She shared her father’s tragic story and they discussed what could be done to protect residents in long-term care homes. Read more about the Minister’s meeting.
“Mr. Acker’s family reached out so that we might assist in not only sharing their story, but also in provoking serious discussion about this growing problem. Accordingly, I’ve asked CARP to lead the charge on this. We must see action at both provincial and federal levels,” said CARP President, Moses Znaimer.
James never returned to St. Joseph Villa. He stayed in hospital on a waiting list for another nursing home. His health declined and he died two and a half months later in hospital.

System Needs Change Now

“My father’s death will not be in vain. I’m going to try really hard to change the system. This will be my life’s work in dedication to my father,” said Tammy Carbino in an interview with the Hamilton Spectator.
Prior to her father’s death, Tammy also spoke out to Zoomer Radio host, Libby Znaimer and said:
“I want change!  I want change! The health care system has to change…. I’m in shock that we are having this conversation… How many of our elders have to die or be hurt?”
“I want to share my story and create awareness to get this message out there.  This affects all of us. We all have a mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles. We’re all being affected and we all need to come together.  There needs to be change at the Provincial and Federal level,” said Tammy.
According to one of the callers into Zoomer radio’s interview with Tammy Carbino, “If this was happening in pediatric wards, the government would be outraged and reacting immediately.”

Listen to the entire interview here with Tammy Carbino and Libby Znaimer.

Interview # 2 with Tammy Carbino and Candace Chartier, from Ontario Long Term Care Association

Elder Abuse Facts
One study revealed that 42% of nurses in Ontario had witnessed at least one incident of elder abuse in the past three years.
Approximately 20% of Canadians know a senior who they believe is experiencing abuse, and some studies suggest that 8-10% of seniors experience elder abuse in one form or another.
Put another way, 766,247 seniors were abused in Canada last year.
The number of seniors is expected to double over the next 15 years and CARP anticipates that the number of seniors being abused will in turn increase significantly.
Since the Acker family contacted CARP, we’ve reached over 100,000 on Facebook and had more readers tell us their story of abuse and neglect in Ontario’s long term care facilities.
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