Elder abuse cannot be tolerated

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Editor,

Within the last year our family has had to place a family member in a manor. At the time we thought that was the best place for them, as they were assessed at a Level 4 care.

We thought by placing our family member we were doing what was best for them. We thought that they would get professional care and spend the rest of their living days in comfort. Our family member is agitated because he has been separated from his spouse after 74 years.

Because of his yelling, he was over-medicated to the point of being unresponsive to the point of becoming dehydrated. Within one year he has had six falls leaving severe bruises on him.

Recently, because of his yelling, another resident struck him across his face. We were told by a nursing director that a dementia patient struck him and we had to understand that things like that happen.

We have already had elder abuse officials contacted once and are thinking we may have to call them again.

I hope that this letter will allow other families that are asking themselves what is going on with their loved one to not accept this is the way it is. A lot of times the elderly can't speak for themselves and they need someone to make a stand.

Kim Currie,

Summerside

 

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  • Cathy
    February 19, 2013 - 11:44

    I have to say I know what you are talking about I spent many hours in the Manor and in a nursing homes with my Mom ,but the manor was the one that left a very bad taste in my mouth for Government Run Manors, they are unstaffed and therefore feel under paid at times their pateince level can be a fine line.Which i seen first hand.The Doctors they hire have the power to disgard many of their drugs they were on for years and load them up with others for dimentia.The very last day i seen my Mom she was so zonked out of it she couldnt talk,she couldnt move,she was like a vegetable when i asked the nurse on duty what was wrong with her she said sometimes the drugs effect them that way.the next morn.around 3 am they called to say my mom passed away with a heart attack no bloody wonder! thinking their would be an autopsy i never asked for one,later on after the funeral and everything i asked the funeral director did he have the results of the autopsy he said they are not required to have them when in a Government run nursing home,but if she had died in my home she would have had to have one whats wrong with this picture???just walk in the manors find a group of old people in chairs with their feet up and guess if they are electric chairs who has the key,so they are sleeping half the time through meals less to worry about.its a joke.and i am not laughing and i hope to God i never have to end up in one.Mind you there are some very hard workers and loving workers in them,but they have rules like dont take someone to the bathroom for 3 hours! Thats abuse right there to me !

  • More to the story???
    February 17, 2013 - 02:02

    I'm sorry but I can't help but think there is alot more to this story????? These facilities go through a very strict Accreditation every 3 years . Is this situation being investigated?

  • care worker
    February 16, 2013 - 23:11

    Just want to put it out there that's its not all that you see, your not in these facilities 24/7 to see everything that takes place, also the staff to patient ratio is unfair for the amount of work and what is expected of us, people don't know our entire work load they really don't they think we run around and change diaperrs all day, newflash, come work with me for a day. We are run off our feet all time, in my defense.

  • shirley
    February 14, 2013 - 08:29

    This is just heartbreaking to read our elderly should be able to live their older years in comfort .gentleness, love and compassion knowing that not always they understand what they are doing.I hope your dear family member can have this given to them.

    • dale
      February 14, 2013 - 16:18

      that happens alot more than we think because alot of cases are kept out of the news or hushed up,We had to admit an elderly aunt into an old folks home (wich is now closed Down) thank the god lord for that,I cant mention any names but when she was admited or i should say commited,They were supposed to have a nurse on staff 24-7 but they didnt aspeicaly at night,one day we went to visit and they were playing cards the deck only had 45 cards,nurse resonded and said they dont know the differance,another visit she was sitting in soiled shorts,and christmas gifts were been worn by staff,answer to that was she gave it to me,so she said,There should be more inspectors visit these places more often,and not by appointment,so things are pheacy cream when they get there,