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November 30, 2019

Don’t use no-trespass laws in Ontario retirement homes

Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

This is a ham-fisted way of dealing with conflicts; surely it would be easier for a retirement home to sit down with an upset relative and work out whatever the problem is. Most families want only what is best for their loved one. Imagine your parent lives in a retirement home, dependent on your regular visits for companionship and support. Now imagine you run afoul of the home’s management for one reason or another – let us say you were upset about your loved one’s treatment, and you yelled at a staffer. In some cases, the retirement home might react by banning you from the premises. If that seems like an extreme reaction, it is. Yet, the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly says it gets an average of a call a week from people slapped with a no-trespass order from a retirement home or a long-term care facility. Often, it’s because the visitor was upset at staff about a relative’s care and acted in a way the facility’s management felt was abusive, such as yelling or swearing.    

(Note: There have been cases in Ottawa involving caregivers who were banned from long-term care facilities, despite the fact that they had not been abusive to staff in any way). 

Read the rest here:
https://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-dont-use-no-trespass-laws-in-ontarios-retirement-homes

 

June 3, 2019

The people who profit from Ontario long-term care homes are not the people who have to live in them

A message from SEIU, Healthcare Union in Canada, The Globe and Mail

Well-off people don’t have to. They pay more for better conditions. But many Ontarians have no choice. They’re stuck with Chartwell, Extendicare, Revera or Sienna and the service they provide. They pay CEOs well for generating profits. But it doesn’t take a wizard to generate profits from a captive market by cutting costs relentlessly. A CEO worth the millions paid to Brent Binions, Michael Gerriere, Thomas Wellner, and Lois Cormack might find better ways to make money instead of rationing diapers, seriously understaffing homes and leaving workers struggling to provide basic levels of care. Leaders know business can be better than this. Sustainable businesses make profits while improving their communities. Use your influence to get Binions, Guerriere, Wellner and Cormack to develop a better business plan. One that leaves the elderly with their dignity.

Read more about this here:
https://www.TellThemToCare.ca

 

January 12, 2019

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).

Watch the 25-minute video here:

https://www.longwoods.com/audio-video/Shorts/Yoiutube/8046

or subscribe here to watch more investigative reports on this topic:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/

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