Former CEO of Perley-Rideau to review Ottawa’s city-run nursing homes

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

A former chief executive of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre will review Ottawa’s city-owned nursing homes and tell the municipal government where they went wrong, city manager Steve Kanellakos announced Tuesday. Greg Fougère retired in 2013 after 17 years leading the facility, which expanded from a nursing home specializing in veterans to a “seniors’ village” with assisted-living apartments and programs based at the Perley-Rideau that serve people in their own homes. His job is to help the city’s four municipal nursing homes recover from scandalous stories of resident abuse and neglect: a personal-support worker who punched a disobedient man with dementia and pleaded guilty to assault; family members who say they’ve been barred from the homes after complaining about their loved ones’ treatment; a man left lying in his own blood after slipping out of his wheelchair in an incident a nurse hushed up. At the end of September, after spending a whole summer reeling and trying to rebuild faith in their operation, Kanellakos and the city’s social-services manager Janice Burelle fired three more workers after one of them was caught on a hidden recorder asking a resident why it was taking her so long to die and two others heard it and kept it to themselves. That’s when Kanellakos and Burelle said they’d bring in an expert to go over their system from top to bottom, as soon as they could find someone suitable.

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