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Elder abuse: Ontario nursing home waits for assist order lift

An Ontario nursing home which has been operating with the help of a care group ordered by the provincial government, is waiting for the order to be lifted. Operations at Hogarth Riverview Manor in Thunder Bay, Ontario have been overseen by Extendicare Assist as per a directive coming down from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MHLTC) in November of last year. The 544-bed facility was in noncompliance of resident care, so the order was initiated in part to keep seniors safe from elder abuse.

The nursing home, under the umbrella of the St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG), has been making improvements to its operations and adhering to the ministry's reporting practices, according to SJCG president She is not sure, however, when Extendicare Assist will be stepping away from helping the facility. Their involvement has become less prominent as Hogarth continues to adhere to MHLTC practices.

The facility is still searching for a full-time administrator. The president said the position is not for the faint of heart and they are waiting to find the right fit. The person must have experience in a larger facility and come with pristine credentials. 

Elder abuse in Ontario in any form in unconscionable. Seniors who have suffered any type of abuse have the right to discuss their situation with a lawyer. Getting legal advice is the first step in pursuing compensation for any physical or mental injuries incurred as a result of abuse. If a senior can't speak for him or herself, family members have the same right to seek legal counsel on behalf of their loved ones.

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