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--Shauna McHarg’s father has Alzheimer's disease and lives at Covenant-managed Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. But she's been barred by Covenant from seeing him since the Easter holidays in 2012. Her mother, who also suffers from Alzheimers, stays at the same facility. McHarg is only permitted to see her one hour a day during weekdays.-------------Families face not only a power imbalance but a law that has no appeal process. Such unfairness was built into the law by the PCs and now is continued by Sarah Hoffman who merely directed the folks at AHS to make a banning policy/ procedure that does nothing to help families. Why else is the Tucker family in Grande Prairie in the situation they are in where the dad is banned and they removed their mum to a hospital? It's ridiculous. And we need to speak out. Sarah Hoffman needs to do her job and help families. There needs to be an amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation. Or does the health minister only believe in punitive measures of the no zero teacher sort that occurred while she was at the Edmonton Public School Board?


Sarah Hoffman indicated that families facing retribution due to the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation would get help. Fat lot of help we got. We got spin sessions with lower level Health ministry folks who can't do anything about banning because they don't make legislation--Sarah Hoffman and crew do this work. We can't expect the bureaucrats to make the legislative changes that our MLAs are supposed to do.
So why has Sarah Hoffman and the NDP crew abdicated their responsibilities to families so that the banning business is still going on as indicated by the Tucker family ordeal? Well I guess Sarah Hoffman doesn't want the amendment with an access to justice for families. She wants business as usual in the retribution business.
Only problem with the same old same old tactic of the NDP folks in continuing care system is that the citizens aren't putting up with it. Represent us NDP folks.
Put the amendment into the Trespass to Premises Legislation so we have access to an independent appeal process.
Do your jobs. Where is my MLA--Dr. Bob Turner in this business? I guess he's parrotting the same lines of the health minister--that they are being responsive. What rot.
We're the banned.
We want action.
And we won't stay silent any longer.
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Shauna McHarg's case is just one of the cases of banning with the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation. I was banned and I lived to write about it.

Now what does banning do? It separates the vulnerable senior or handicapped person from loved ones. This makes the senior or handicapped person more vulnerable. But of course the government of Alberta doesn't care.

The GOA is into bureaucratic expediency.  Instead of helping families who are faced with the incredible power of AHS, Covenant Health and the continuing care industry the government with the use of the Trespass to Premises legislation has placed a hammer to use on citizen ants.

Families face not only a power imbalance but a law that has no appeal process. Such unfairness was built into the law by the PCs and now is continued by Sarah Hoffman who merely directed the folks at AHS to make a banning policy/ procedure that does nothing to help families. Why else is the Tucker family in Grande Prairie in the situation they are in where the dad is banned and they removed their mum to a hospital?

It's ridiculous. And we need to speak out. 


Sarah Hoffman needs to do her job and help families. There needs to be an amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation.

Or does the health minister only believe in punitive measures of the no zero teacher sort that occurred while she was at the Edmonton Public School Board?   


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-woman-battles-covenant-health-in-court-1.2545762

Edmonton woman battles Covenant Health in court

Claims health care provider restricted access to loved ones with no explanation

CBC News Posted: Feb 20, 2014 9:26 PM MT Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 9:48 AM MT
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An Edmonton woman was in court today, facing health care provider Covenant Health over claims she was unjustly barred from visiting her elderly father and mother.
The case stands to affect other Albertans who have made similar claims.
Shauna McHarg’s father has Alzheimer's disease and lives at Covenant-managed Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre. But she's been barred by Covenant from seeing him since the Easter holidays in 2012. Her mother, who also suffers from Alzheimers, stays at the same facility. McHarg is only permitted to see her one hour a day during weekdays.
"Over that time, as a family we've missed birthdays. My parents had their 50th wedding anniversary. It's just tragic that as a family we can't be together,” McHarg told CBC News.
She’s been fighting for more than three years to find out why she's been barred. McHarg took her case to the provincial ombudsman, who ruled she was not being treated fairly, as well as to the provincial privacy commissioner, who also ruled that Covenant Health should release more information about why the restrictions were put in place.
However, Covenant is currently fighting to overturn that decision in court.
McHarg and Covenant were in court Thursday. The final decision is expected Friday

Hope for other families

Other families who say they've had similar experiences hope a win for McHarg in court could inspire other families to come forward.
After health complications from several strokes, Huguette Hebert made the difficult decision to move her husband of 35 years to the Convenant-managed Villa Caritas continuing care facility, which she soon regretted.
"On the second day my husband was beaten up by two patients,” said Hebert.
He was scared by the incident and asked his wife to stay past visiting hours, but she was told she was not allowed.
"And because I didn't want to have a bad experience, I decided to comply. Even if it didn't make sense at all, even if I knew he wouldn't sleep, because he was so anxious," said Hebert.
She noticed bruises on his body and wanted to stay in the room while his diaper was changed. But once again she was told she was not allowed. When she decided to stand her ground, she was kicked out and banned for the day.
Her husband lived at Villa Caritas from March 2011 to March 2013, but was eventually moved to another facility — where she said he was much happier. He died in January.
On Thursday the provinvcial health minister said families should be told why they are banned from seeing loved ones and promised to follow up with Covenant Health.

Requests to Covenant Health for an interview were denied. The organization said they couldn't speak to the specifics of the case while it's before the courts.

Sarah Hoffman has directed Alberta Health to make a banning policy/procedure to prevent this sort of junk but we seem to still have the use of banning by continuing care providers as the Tucker family in Grande Prairie indicates -so when will Sarah Hoffman call for an amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation so that families who are banned have access to justice?
Let me say the answer now--NEVER.
The folks in the GOA don't want justice. They want control.


An Edmonton woman was in court today, facing health care provider Covenant Health over claims she was unjustly barred from visiting her elderly father and mother.
CBC.CA

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