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A list of some of the allegations in a military report on long-term care

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Members of the military called in to assist five long-term care homes in Ontario dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks wrote a report on some of the troubling observations they made at those homes. Here is a selection of the allegations, which Premier Doug Ford called horrific.

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https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/a-list-of-some-of-the-allegations-in-a-military-report-on-long-term-care-homes

Report of abuse in Ontario nursing homes shocks provincial officials but not experts

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario Premier Doug Ford vowed to do everything in his power to fix long-term care Tuesday after releasing a report from the Canadian Armed Forces that detailed poor infection control, lack of adequate nutrition and allegations of abuse and neglect inside five Ontario homes where soldiers were brought in to help during the pandemic. But the horrifying details in the military report came as no surprise to close observers and critics of Ontario’s long-term care system, who have long charged that the province’s nursing homes have been neglected for years, leaving families stunned as they’ve watched loved ones face pain, fear and inadequate care.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/report-of-abuse-in-ontario-nursing-homes-shocks-provincial-officials-but-not-experts/

Madonna Care Community now focus of expanded class-action lawsuit

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Families with loved-ones in Ottawa’s Madonna Care Community are now part of a proposed class-action lawsuit against two major companies that operate long-term care homes in Ontario.The lawsuit, which has not been certified in court, was originally filed by the law firm Diamond and Diamond Lawyers against Revera Inc., alleging negligence and breach of contract. It has since been expanded to include Sienna Senior Living Inc., which operates Madonna Care in Ottawa and homes across the province. Angele Mansfield, whose father was a resident of Madonna Care Community and died of COVID-19, is among the representative plaintiffs who allege negligence and breach of contract against Sienna.“My father’s life was cut short,” Mansfield said. “They had a duty to him and there were too many cracks in their operation.” The proposed lawsuit is suing each company for $50 million. The allegations have not been proven in court. 

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/madonna-care-community-now-focus-of-expanded-class-action-lawsuit/

Loss of family caregivers putting Ottawa long-term care residents and others at risk

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

From the moment she entered a long-term care facility in Ottawa, the elderly woman’s family was by her side, feeding her, caring for her and keeping a close eye on her health during daily visits. That ended in March when long-term care homes across Ontario brought in strict no-visitor policies because of the pandemic. Within a month, the woman’s health was failing. In mid-April, staff contacted her family to tell them she was unresponsive. She died two days after being rushed to hospital. By then, she was severely dehydrated, had lost weight and was suffering from kidney failure, says her granddaughter Ilona Miller, a nurse practitioner. Among the first things Miller did when she got into the hospital to see her grandmother was soothe her cracked lips, which were covered with sores.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/loss-of-family-caregivers-putting-ottawa-long-term-care-residents-and-others-at-risk-say-advocates/

COVID-19: Number of Ontario long-term care homes with outbreaks falls slightly

Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen

The number of long-term care homes with active COVID-19 outbreaks fell slightly in provincial figures reported Sunday, but another 35 Ontario residents have died since the day before. There is a little good news for long-term care homes, many of which have had a wave of infections. As of Sunday, there were 172 homes with outbreaks, down from 175 the day before. (An outbreak is defined as at least one confirmed case.)

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https://ottawacitizen.com/health/covid-19-number-of-ontario-long-term-care-homes-with-outbreaks-drops-slightly/wcm/07dc1b0c-ede2-4a41-9c2b-e5aaac265435/

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