101-year-old woman says caregiver walloped her with a towel

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Police and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are investigating after a 101-year-old woman reported being “walloped” with a towel by a caregiver at her Ottawa long-term care home. Evelyn Dick told the head nurse at Extendicare Starwood last Thursday that a personal support worker hit her on the head with a towel and told her to go back to bed when she tried to get up at about 7:15 that morning. Officials at the long-term-care home contacted Dick’s daughter, Margaret Anthony, and told her they had reported the incident to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and to Ottawa police. When Anthony went to see her mother the next day, Dick told her it was not the first time she had been hit with a towel by the same personal support worker. “She does it all the time,” Anthony says her mother told her. “She does it to others too.”

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