While everyone yaps about patient centred care, the just society and families first we --who have gone through the system know the reality of what happens behind the scenes of the system. Behind the scenes of the system we have politics, negotiation, intimidation and bullying of the most elegant kind. We have power in action used against families. We are told we have to move forwards. There are no patient and resident rights in Alberta and even in Ontario the rights of folks seem a tad anemic. I mean why else would we have this senior treated like garbage?
Why else would we have a senior in pain and suffering treated to the police? It's all about the money yo! And when the system wants to get rid of patients to free up a bed, you're likely to go through this sort of patient uncentred care.
But at least you know and won't be shocked. In Alberta, they will use the Hospital Act on you if you don't go voluntarily. Or they might send you off to the homeless shelter if you won't find a home with family. It's the same as in Ontario with the same spin of the just society. Its amusing but not when you are in the middle of the struggle as this family has been.
This sure sounds like elder abuse to me and it's condoned by the government of Ontario. Sort of like how the eviction from the Grey Nuns Hospital using the Hospital Act was condoned by the GOA in my handicapped sister's case.
While it doesn't surprise me that behind the scenes of patient centred care we have intimidation, extra billing and police involved to get folks discharged out of hospital it does seem a tad over the top in this case to suggest that this poor man enter a homeless shelter. What the heck? I mean in our handicapped sister's case we asked nicely of Ms. Notley and Ms. Hoffman not to use the Hospital Act to discharge our sister and they did it anyway. I guess they don't need to use the police in Alberta when they can just use the law.
In Ontario they don't seem to have a clause in the Hospital Act that allows the government and the hospitals to do whatever they want to do without any sort of plain language document to explain downgrades in care status. In Ontario they bully the families (much like they do with the use of the Trespass to Premises Legislation) and like in Alberta, they tell us this is patient centred care and all that junk. Shameful.