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The city is bad at long-term care – Maybe it should leave the field to others

Randall Denley, The Ottawa Citizen

Last week’s meeting of the city’s social services committee should have been an accountability session for city managers who have done such a poor job running long-term care homes that they had to be ordered by the province to do better. Instead, it turned into a group hug with the councilors who are supposedly there to make sure the city-run homes meet standards. In a fine example of misplaced empathy, committee chair Diane Deans said she understood that the last few months have been difficult for city staff. No wonder, with reports of abuse of residents and more than 200 incidents of non-compliance with provincial rules over the last five years. That must be tough for staff, but what about the elderly people who live in these city homes? Shouldn’t they be the main concern?

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http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/denley-the-city-is-bad-at-long-term-care-maybe-it-should-leave-the-field-to-others

Crown seeks jail time for support worker’s assault on elderly patient

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Speaking through a translator, former personal support worker Jie Xiao stood in an Ottawa courtroom on Thursday in front of the children and grandchildren of the elderly man he assaulted to tell them he was “deeply sorry” for what he had done. Raghida Karam, whose elderly father Georges Karam was being cared for by Xiao at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home when he was struck in the face 11 times last March, quietly said, “Thank you.” The brief exchange took place during a sentencing hearing for Xiao, in which court heard of the pain and shock experienced by the family when they saw the video of the assault against 89-year-old Karam, who has Parkinson’s disease and suffers from dementia. “I would have never imagined on August 27, 2015, when my brother Fouad, my sister Raghida, and I moved our dad to long-term care due to his severe dementia after a long stay in hospital, that I would be standing today in this courtroom giving a victim impact statement to relay the hurt and shock that has been suffered by my dad’s family and friends here and overseas in Lebanon, as a result of the ruthless and senseless acto of Mr. Xiao,” said Antoine Karam, the victim’s son.”

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/crown-seeks-jail-time-for-support-workers-assault-on-elderly-patient

Underfunding the real problem in Ottawa’s city-run nursing homes

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

The people living in Ottawa’s city-run nursing homes are content, they’re cared for by diligent professionals, and if there are any problems they’re mostly the miserly provincial government’s fault, city council’s community services committee agreed Thursday. These problems include a personal support worker’s being recorded punching a debilitated resident in the face, patients’ families being barred after complaining about their loved ones’ care, and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care issuing an extraordinary set of orders to the city to stop neglect and abuse and live up to residents’ care plans. Managers responsible for the city’s four nursing homes – also called long-term care homes  — and their 712 residents have been busy since the Citizen’s Elizabeth Payne broke the news in July that a worker at their Garry J. Armstrong nursing home had been caught by a suspicious family’s camera punching 89-year-old Georges Karam 11 times when Karam resisted having his diaper changed. Jie Xiao pleaded guilty to assault. But that was just the start of it. The health ministry looked at the city nursing homes’ histories and found them severely deficient.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/reevely-underfunding-the-real-problem-in-ottawas-city-run-nursing-homes-city-says

The City must open up long-term care meetings to all

The Citizen Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

We’d like to think it’s a good thing that the city of Ottawa plans feedback sessions for those who have relatives in its long-term care homes. But so many hurdles are being thrown in the way of people who wish to attend that the exercise looks to be of limited value. The organizers certainly don’t seem to think transparency is important. These “engagement sessions” follow several Citizen news stories about problems in long-term care. Good: The problems, including 200 instances over the past five years in which the four city-run facilities were not complying with legislation on how to run care homes, would never have become known to the broader public without our reporters digging into allegations of mistreatment at the homes.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-the-city-must-open-up-long-term-care-meetings-to-all

Man fears city putting up barriers to participation in long-term care meetings

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

An Ottawa man who has spoken out about the poor quality of medical care his mother received in a city-run long-term care home, says he fears the city is putting up barriers to participation in long-term care “engagement meetings” it has scheduled for the next week. City officials promised town halls earlier this summer to talk about long-term care after the province issued a rare order telling the city to improve safety and care at its homes. The order came amid chronic non-compliance issues at three of the city’s four long-term care homes and several high profile incidents, including the abuse of a resident by a personal support worker. In a letter to city officials in charge of long-term care, Chris Burton, whose mother is in long-term care, said he fears the city is creating an “unnecessary and potentially intimidating barrier to participation” in the meetings.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/man-fears-city-putting-up-barriers-to-participation-in-long-term-care-meetings

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