Grandson alleges Ottawa long-term care home negligent in woman’s death

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

When Doris Lawton’s Alzheimer’s disease began to worsen at age 93, her grandson moved her into a long-term care home to keep her safe. “I put her there because I thought she was going to be protected,” said Bradley Sproule. “That is the one thing that didn’t happen.” What did happen soon after Lawton moved to Carlingview Manor in 2016 were falls — including one the day after she returned from the hospital following surgery for a hip fracture, according to her grandson and a statement of claim he has filed against Revera Long Term Care Inc., which operates Carlingview Manor. Those repeated falls resulted in hip fractures, surgeries, long hospital stays and worsening health for the elderly Ottawa woman. She died on Oct. 19, 2017, from a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her lung), not long after her final hospital stay. Sproule is suing Carlingview Manor for negligence, which he is alleging contributed to the death of his grandmother. In court documents filed as part of the lawsuit, he says that the long-term care home failed to protect his grandmother by initially failing to adapt her care plan to prevent falls. When it did make changes, he alleges, it failed to communicate them to staff. And even when it had a plan in place, the suit contends, it failed to follow it. 

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