Ottawa nursing home reports reveal fresh cases of abuse, death

Drake Fenton, Alison Mah, The Ottawa Citizen

Multiple Ottawa long-term care homes have seen fresh cases of abuse and resident death following improper care, an analysis of provincial records published this year reveals.  One resident died after being pushed to the ground by another resident, while it’s alleged a resident in a different home was repeatedly sexually abused by another resident. Both cases led to citations against the homes by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. City-run nursing homes, which have been under scrutiny following previous incidents of abuse, have been the site of nearly half the cases of abuse documented in reports in 2018. Last year, this newspaper did a substantive audit of ministry records for Ottawa care homes between 2012 to 2017, chronicling cases of abuse, death and non-compliance with legislation governing long-term care in Ontario. This newspaper has now conducted a similar review of reports published in the first few months of this calendar year. The results underscore the challenges being faced by nursing homes, by residents and their families, and by staff across the city. Of the 27 long-term care homes in Ottawa, 16 have so far been the subject of ministry inspection reports.

This newspaper’s review shows there have been 83 incidents of non-compliance, 16 reported abuse cases and four cases where the care a resident received before death led to a ministry citation.

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