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Questionable care:
Groundbreaking lawsuit against nursing home chains

CTV News, W5, Sandie Rinaldo, investigative reporter

Long-suffering families fight to get the care they say their loved ones were promised but never received. W5’s Sandie Rinaldo continues her investigation into senior care in Canada, and reveals an unprecedented groundbreaking legal action about to be launched against three of Canada’s top for-profit long-term care providers (Extendicare, Revera and Sienna).

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Families sue Ontario long-term care providers over “disgusting” neglect

Daniel Otis, CTV News Writer, and Josh Debaas, CTV News Writer

All of these shocking scenes were the result of neglect by two major Ontario nursing home providers, two new proposed class-action lawsuits allege. “This is not a one-off scenario. These problems are pervasive,” lawyer Amani Oakley, who is leading both lawsuits, told CTV News. “We are alleging that there is a systemic negligence going on, that there is a failure to deliver the kind of care that’s been promised.” The landmark lawsuits, which are believed to be the first of their kind in Canada, target two industry giants: Extendicare and Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation, which was recently rebranded Sienna Senior Living. They’re seeking $150 million each.

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Ontario commits to more unannounced inspections of nursing homes

Ontario is planning to increase its scrutiny of long-term care facilities, including ensuring that each facility receives at least one unannounced inspection per year. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews announced that her ministry will also be hiring more inspectors to perform the unannounced “Resident Quality Inspections”. Her announcement follows a number of recent incidents that called into question the safety of care at some nursing homes in the province. In the most recent episode, the son of a nursing home resident released hidden camera footage to media outlets showing his 85-year-old mother being repeatedly treated at a home in Peterborough.

Nursing home abuse incidents not isolated, say experts

Angela Mulholland,

After the release of shocking video of an elderly woman with dementia being subjected to abuse and humiliation at a long-term care facility in Peterborough, many are saying the incident is far from isolated. Four employees at St Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care facility in Peterborough, Ontario, have been suspended after the son of a resident there brought hidden camera footage to media outlets showing a worker taunting his mother with rags smeared with her feces and another worker wiping his nose on her clean sheets. The nursing home is now conducting an investigation.

Nursing home workers suspended after son turns over hidden camera footage

Marlene Leung,

Four employees of an Ontario long-term care facility have been suspended and two investigations are underway. Hidden camera footage captured shocking evidence of neglect and abuse of an 85-year-old resident at a long-term care facility in Peterborough, Ontario.