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.
It used to be that the elderly were protected, but it's becoming more and more commonplace to hear of financial predators taking advantage of unsuspecting senior citizens. Financial elder abuse among the older set in Ontario is on the rise, and the internet has made it easier to prey upon those who are trusting. An American study conducted in 2014 showed that about 37 percent of seniors were defrauded financially, while a 2016 study put the figure at around $36,000 USD for each case.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer has become notorious for fatally poisoning nursing home residents. The 50-year-old nurse took elder abuse to the nth degree at three nursing homes in Woodstock, London and Paris, Ontario, from 2007 to 2014 by murdering eight residents. These particular nursing homes were Level 1, which means the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care considered them to be in good standing.
There are many ways of taking advantage of an unsuspecting and trusting senior citizen. But probably one of the more heinous instances of elder abuse involves predatory marriage. Some people will stop at nothing to get to a senior citizen's money – even feigning affection that could ultimately lead to marriage. Sadly, this practice is becoming more prevalent in Ontario and other parts of Canada.
Sometimes the signs that a senior citizen is in trouble can be very subtle, while in other instances it can be absolutely glaring. It's important for people to be able to spot those subtleties when it comes to elder abuse in Ontario. It could mean saving the life of someone vulnerable.
Unfortunately, it appears that abuse against elders is on the rise in Ontario. The Sarnia-Lambton Elder Abuse Awareness Network (SLEAAN) is doing its part to try to keep seniors safe, and they say that all people, regardless of age, need to take the problem more seriously. This abuse can come in many forms, including physical, sexual, financial, emotional or spiritual abuse or through neglect.
A 68-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the Ontario Provincial Police's East Algoma Detachment recent investigation of a complaint about the unsanitary living conditions of an elderly man living in Elliot Lake. The alleged elder abuse in the Ontario community mainly populated be seniors showed that a large quantity of money had been stolen from the man and that many legal documents were forged using his name. The authorities believe there may be more victims in the community and in the Sault Ste. Marie area.
As a significant part of our population inches closer to old age, elder abuse continues to be a pressing topic. Defined as a “single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where this an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”, elder abuse can take many shapes.
The constant screams of an elderly woman finally led police to arrest a couple in connection with those screams. The Ontario couple who were suspected of elder abuse have been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life to a person in their care. Residents of Thorold, they are themselves elderly -- the accused man being 87 and his wife, 70.
A comprehensive series of investigative articles last year by the Ottawa Citizen showed rampant cases of abuse in most of the city's nursing homes -- some resulting in death. It seems not much has changed at these homes in 2018. The newspaper in Ontario's capital had a look at reports from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and has found that 16 of the city's 27 long-term care facilities have received infractions regarding elder abuse in the first few months of 2018.