Long-term care home had a history of breaking safety rules around transfers

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa’s Extendicare Laurier Manor had a history of breaking safety rules around lifting and moving residents when Samira Papadopoulo fell during a botched transfer from her wheelchair to her bed. It was September, and the 67-year-old woman, with advanced Alzheimer’s, was not positioned properly in the sling mechanism used to transfer residents who can’t move themselves. She fell forward, striking her head and ending up in hospital with injuries that included a gash, a head injury and a fractured knee, according to her daughter, Viviane Papadopoulo, and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reports. After treatment in the hospital, Samira Papadopoulo was sent back to the long-term care home to recover from injuries she sustained in the fall. When Samira Papadopoulo’s condition worsened, the long-term care home sent her back to the hospital, where she died a few days later as a result of sepsis.

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