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Elder abuse: Ontario beats Ottawa up over long-term care issues

Three out of four Ottawa long-term care facilities have less than stellar reviews from the province regarding safety and care. The city received a blanket order from the province of Ontario after a number of incidents at the facilities including the alleged repeated punching of a resident by a caregiver. Another incident of elder abuse resulted in a resident suffering head injuries that apparently were covered up.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care slapped the facilities with a director referral order issued only in cases where facilities are constantly non-compliant with ministry directives concerning long-term care homes. The ministry is asking the city to fashion a plan that deals with things like training on abuse prevention, mandatory reporting and neglect. The plan, which will have the input of residents and their families, needs to be implemented in the city's four homes by the beginning of December this year.

The provincial move came after a story in a local newspaper reported that a personal support worker (PSW) at one the homes punched an elderly man in the face. The resident, who suffers from dementia, was hit nine times. The incident was caught on video on a camera installed by his family after they became concerned about the man's injuries for which no one had an explanation. The PSW was ultimately convicted of assault and fired.

These incidents of elder abuse in long-term care facilities warrant the victim and or his or her family members getting in touch with an Ontario lawyer experienced in personal injury law. Victims and their loved ones may be entitled to compensation for injuries incurred -- both physical and emotional. A compassionate lawyer will know the route to take for a successful restitution outcome.

Source: ottawacitizen.com, "Ontario issues rare order to Ottawa to improve failing long-term care homes", Elizabeth Payne, Aug. 15, 2017

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