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--“We are very thankful for the practical nurses and the college for their very responsible, professional approach to this and for raising a concern that could potentially impact residents. They have very much been a partner in this and very pleased that they brought this concern to our attention,” Huband said.--------------And why did it take students to identify the problems, he asked. “There have been whispers and rumours of people that were unhappy, residents or families, for a long time. But you can’t jump all over every complaint you hear until you have some solid evidence and that’s why we’ve dealt with this now,” Orr said.


One family can't change the system. Two families can't do it. But when families join up across Canada and speak in one united voice then we will get change. From our political action --for our stories will be followed by the determined political action to evict political parties that do not do our will--there will be evolution of continuing care. It sometimes takes decades for our voices to be heard but one day--the critical mass is achieved and we have instantaneous change. One day the avalanche will happen and we will end government indifference and insolence with reference to our demands for change in the continuing care system.
That day is not today. But just watch us. We're not staying silent. We are speaking. We are voting. And we are changing the world.
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https://www.facebook.com/pat.petropoulos?lst=100004236663889%3A1845371244%3A1498360739
 Still no proper security so perverts can still walk in freely and do what they want. None of my recommendation for moms care plan are followed. Three times Ive had to take her out to the Dr. because she was sick and they claim they weren't aware she was sick. The ladt straw was when she had scrapes and bruses on her leg. Mom claims a caregiver pushed her roughly into her bed causing her to hit her leg on the metal bed frame. Enough is enough so I pulled her out of Extendicare. No point in complaining to them berthey just cover everything up. I also realize Persons in Protection and Albetra Health Client concerns are there to protect the facilities not the clients. Almost two years and Ive been asking for the reports done on Extendicare and Im still just getting the run around. Ive gone to the minister of health and the ombudsmen anf same thing the run around. Well Im sick of phoning and writing and getting nowhere. Obviously there is no protection for seniors or consequences for these negligent, abusive nursing homes. Our government would rather ignore the problem and cover everything up than review the problems and put proper funding into them. The almighty dollar is all they care about.
Well if I start losing my health I will make sure I NEVER end up in an Alberta Health funded nursing home regardless of what I have to do. Hopefully there will be legalized Dr assisted suicide in place by then. Our government should be ashamed of how they treat our seniors.

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Audrey Mackenzie Feel sick about it myself,as in our case there will be no one to help or care what happens.I hope and pray someone wakes all people in charge across Canada.The politicans know they will have cushey care homes.But they will find out there can be hidden abuse there as well and alot worse too.I believe that most politicans want to get rid of seniors,think of the amount of OAS and CPP they save each time someone passes.

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Kim Andres Hi Pat i do not know you but would love to talk to you i moved from Saskatchewan back to alberta because my mom is having the same problems at extendicare please i would love to talk to you my cell is 780 677 0250
Julie Ali I encourage you all to join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314469888630077 Report Elder Neglect & Abuse
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Julie Ali I have been asking for the Quality reviews for a facility since 2014 and I have still not been given the reports. This might mean that these reports aren't favourable.

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http://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/serious-care-concerns-found-at-lacombe-long-term-care-facility/



Serious care concerns found at Lacombe long-term care facility

Identified by Red Deer College students while training at site

Three staff members called leaders were placed on leave at Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre while Alberta Health Services recently investigated serious concerns about infection prevention, cleanliness, medication handling and training in the long-term care wing of the facility.
“The investigations are not completely in front of me but at this point from the assessment we’ve done from a nursing point of view, … , it does not appear that there has been any harm done to residents,” said Brenda Huband, vice-president and chief health operations officer for AHS Central and Southern Alberta, on Wednesday.
She said thorough health assessments were done on all 75 long-term care residents, and a final report on the investigation will hopefully be available next week.
On Tuesday, Wildrose leaked documents about the investigation that showed serious breaches including: expired aseptic sterile supplies like catheters; soiled linen and garbage overflowing into hallways; slings being used communally without a clear, consistent cleaning process; medication left unsecured, unlabeled, unattended; and lack of proper training in medication management and assistance, dementia care, risk management, fall prevention, CPR, palliative/end-of-life care, safe lifts, restraints, and bathing.
Concerns were identified by Red Deer College licensed practical nursing students while training at the facility in March.
Wildrose MLA Ron Orr said an AHS bureaucrat gave Wildrose a 40-page audit detailing 80 standards that were breached at the Lacombe facility.
“The audit is shocking enough that somebody in the bureaucracy of Alberta Health Services felt it shouldn’t just be dealt with quietly, internally. That people out there had a right to know and it should be made public and that’s why it was obviously delivered to our office,” said the Lacombe–Ponoka MLA.
“Our questions are how did it get to this state in the first place.”
And why did it take students to identify the problems, he asked.
“There have been whispers and rumours of people that were unhappy, residents or families, for a long time. But you can’t jump all over every complaint you hear until you have some solid evidence and that’s why we’ve dealt with this now,” Orr said.
Huband said the concerns were taken very seriously and AHS responded quickly with an investigation and audit with support from Alberta Health.
“We are very thankful for the practical nurses and the college for their very responsible, professional approach to this and for raising a concern that could potentially impact residents. They have very much been a partner in this and very pleased that they brought this concern to our attention,” Huband said.
Other actions taken by AHS to address the concerns include: physiotherapy and falls risk assessments on all 75 residents; a thorough cleaning of the site of all resident care areas, medication rooms and carts, and tub rooms with support and guidance from infection prevention and control professionals; improved communication between caregivers and residents and families, and between caregivers; the introduction of education sessions for all staff continuing care health service and accommodation standards; and work to introduce a resident and family council to meet regularly to ensure high quality care.
In addition to the 75 continuing care beds, Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre also has 30 acute care beds.
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Pat Petropoulos · 

It's about time these long term care facilities are investigated. My mother was sexually assaulted, physically abused and threatened by staff, left without medical care when very sick and restrained without reason while in Michener Extendicare in Red Deer. There is a lack of staff and zero security in the facility contributed to a stranger off the street entering unnoticed and sexually assisting my mother. Protection for persons in care and AHS patient concern boards did investigate but are only there to patronize family and as a result these long term facilities do not have to answer for abuse, neglect and other areas of concern in the facility. It is sickening and shameful that our elected government officials know ghost goes on but does nothing .
Julie Ali · 

The role of the Protection in Persons Care Office which works under the boots of Alberta Health is to sanitize abuse and fatality cases in my opinion. I do not believe that the PPIC Office should be in the ministry of health. The failures of the GOA to attend to the many non-compliances at facilities while at the same time getting successive health ministers to intone dutifully that "Abuse will not be tolerated" is very hypocritical. It's essential that families tell the truth about what is going on in the continuing care system so that even when the GOA fails to ensure public health and safety that --we --the families --ensure that this information gets out to the public. I am not impressed by the system wide failures in the care of my handicapped sister nor in the blatant attempts to move our family forwards by the Patient Relations Offices at both Covenant Health and AHS. These offices, the health ministry, the entire system is financed by our tax dollars and families are treated with the utmost disrepect and disregard. The victims of abuse and death are even less respected. These failures in oversight and penalty provision will not change until we all work together as families to get the stories out to the public. We are joining up to make our concerns public worldwide: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314469888630077/Report Elder Neglect & Abuse
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