Nursing homes ask province to help reduce violence among elderly

The Ottawa Citizen
Jonathan Sher, Postmedia News

London, ON – Facing a growing wave of dementia so violent it has led to 12 homicides in two years, Ontario nursing homes are pleading with the province to pay for a key prevention tool now available to fewer than one per cent of them. Only six of Ontario’s 626 long-term care homes have received funding to bring in a team of experts to reduce the violence that has become so prevalent it’s led to a warning from the Ontario Provincial Police, the chief coroner’s office, the homes themselves and families who fear their loved ones will be the next victims. In Ottawa in April 2010, an 84-year-old man who suffered from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases, was charged with second-degree murder in the death six months earlier of 88-year-old Frank Moir, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s, at a long-term care home. The men lived in rooms separated by a bathroom. The accused was later found to be unfit to stand trial.

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