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She modeled in New York and worked for the Navy. At 93, parasites ate her alive at a nursing home

Washington Post, The Ottawa Citizen

Her beauty could capture a room, her daughter said, but she was more than just a beautiful face. She was a modern-day woman of the 1940s and 1950s, headstrong, career-oriented and hard-working, said Mike Prieto, a lawyer representing Zeni’s family. At a time when women were expected to marry young and have children, the small-town girl from North Carolina moved to Norfolk after high school to work at the naval base there, her daughter, Pamela Puryear, said. She later became a model in New York City and worked as an assistant for CBS News’ Mike Wallace before she married and became a stay-at-home mother. “Her life just became exciting,” Puryear said. “She thought in her mind that everybody’s life is just like this.” But the once-vibrant woman later found herself living in a nursing home, where she suffered a long, painful death, her family’s attorneys said. Parasitic mites had burrowed under her skin, living and laying eggs all over her body. By the time she died, vesicles and thick crusts had formed on her skin. Her right hand had turned nearly black, and Prieto said her fingers were about to fall off.

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Long-term care report details emotional abuse by overworked city staff

Jon Willing, The Ottawa Citizen

Residents of city-run long-term care homes have been subjected to demeaning comments by staff who are overworked and sometimes unsuited for the job, according to the full report filed by an independent consultant. Greg Fougère, the long-term care expert hired by the city to review the four homes, found evidence of “emotional abuse” at each of the facilities during his site visits. His full report was made available to the public after a community and protective services committee meeting Monday. “The prevalence of this type of abuse was lower than neglect, however the emotional impact on the residents involved was high,” Fougère’s report says. “Examples provided by residents and families included insulting and humiliating comments to residents such as ‘You’re fat’; abrupt PSW orders such as ‘Come for your bath’; upsetting comments to a married resident; undignified care to a resident at night by pulling down the covers, feeling the resident’s incontinence brief, and announcing ‘You’re dry’; chastising a resident with ‘Don’t yell at me’; shunning, ignoring, cold, and non-smiling to residents; accusing comments about continence care such as ‘I just did you’ and ‘You go to the bathroom too often’; teasing comments to a resident; dehumanizing comments such as ‘heavy wetter’ and ‘feeder’; and comments such as ‘sweetie’ and ‘dearie’.” Fougère conducted 240 interviews and discussions with staff, volunteers, residents and families and found no evidence to suggest there is additional physical or verbal assaults on residents, beyond what the city discovered prior to the start of his probe last November.

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Unreported sex abuse, lax drug controls revealed in long-term care home audit

Jon Willing, The Ottawa Citizen

Lax drug controls and an unreported act by a resident known for inappropriate sexual behaviour were revealed during investigations by the city’s auditor general at city-run long-term care homes. The findings were part of an audit released Monday during a council audit committee meeting. Auditor general Ken Hughes didn’t identify the long-term care home where the sexual incident happened, or the exact date, although it happened in 2017. According to the findings, a male resident known for inappropriate sexual behaviour was found in his room trying to position himself on a female resident who was in a wheelchair. Staff notified the on-call manager, who didn’t believe the incident met the sexual abuse parameters required for notifications to police and the Ontario Ministry of Health. The next day, another nurse learned about the incident and was concerned authorities weren’t contacted. The nurse gave the on-call manager more details and they agreed police and the ministry should be called. The male resident, whom the auditor described as a “known risk,” was subsequently moved to an all-male section of the facility. The auditor’s office found discrepancies in the policies on reporting alleged abuse to the police and to the province. The incident should have been immediately reported to police and the ministry, the audit concluded.

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Highlights of long-term care recommendations

Jon Willing, The Ottawa Citizen

From the Fougère investigation:

  • Hire an extra 35 personal support workers at an annual cost of $2.3 million
  • Develop ways to test applicants’ attitudes and English and French communication to determine suitability for long-term care
  • Provide additional dementia care education to staff and families
  • Create a long-term care board of directors made up of council members and community members

 From the auditor general investigations:

  • Review staffing model and implement an action plan to address any gaps
  • Increase staff awareness of the obligation and duty to report abuse
  • Require that all drugs be secured while in transit within a long-term care home
  • Implement proper record keeping to track the movement of drugs in the emergency drug supply

 

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Committee proposes more PSWs for long-term care homes in response to independent review

Jon Willing, The Ottawa Citizen

The City of Ottawa is moving quickly to hire 35 more personal support workers after an independent review found residents in city long-term care homes are receiving less care than those in Ontario non-profit facilities. The new staff would cost the city $2.3 million annually, but the community and protective services committee doesn’t want council to wait until 2019 to start the hiring. The committee wants council, through a vote on May 9, to take $800,000 from the 2018 one-time and unforeseen expenses account to hire the personal support workers immediately. The independent study by Greg Fougère was one of three major reviews of the city’s four long-term care homes released Monday. The city’s auditor general also made 27 recommendations across two audits that investigated a case of alleged resident-on-resident sexual abuse and medication controls at the facilities. The city last November asked Fougère to review the long-term care program after reports of abuse at the municipal facilities.

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