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Ontario nursing home residents dying from elder abuse, neglect

Nursing homes apparently aren't always the safest places for senior citizens. Many Ontario residents die each year in these facilities due to elder abuse which can and does include neglect, according to an expert in the field. The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly says the Ontario government must give the go-ahead for a full-on investigation of these homes if the 70,000 residents living in them are to be safe.

Even though residents are dying, no one is being accountable. Most families are not familiar with the law and don't realize they can call on a coroner to get an independent investigation if they think the death may have been due to elder abuse. Because these individuals are elderly, the causes of death are usually listed as being from natural causes. But there have been instances where basic dietary needs for some of these residents aren't even being met.

Many horror stories are surfacing out of long-term care facilities. They range from abject neglect to outright physical abuse of residents by staff members. One such story involves a former nurse who was found guilty of murdering seven residents at a Woodstock care facility and another in a London facility. Added to those deaths were four incidents of attempted murder and a couple serious assaults. An Ontario judge will be leading a public inquiry into the issues and circumstances that could allow such acts to take place.

Issues like these horrify family members of loved ones living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Those who suspect elder abuse would be wise to discuss their feelings with an Ontario lawyer experienced in personal injury law. A compassionate lawyer will listen to what family members have to say and offer guidance on how to proceed in each individual case. 


Source:, "Broadened Wettlaufer probe urged", Jonathan Sher, Sept. 22, 2017

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