Resident-on-resident assault a shocking reality of long-term care

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

The long-term care resident was sitting in the chapel, in a wheelchair, when another resident approached and began kissing, fondling and exposing body parts. The following day in January 2015, the victim told a housekeeping aide at Résidence Saint-Louis, the Ottawa long-term care home where they both lived, about the assault. The victim (whose age and gender is not revealed in a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care report) grasped the housekeeper’s hand and pleaded with her not to leave, because the person responsible for the assault was sitting nearby. The housekeeping assistant promised to come back, but never did. That scenario would be repeated at the Ottawa long-term care home, which is part of Bruyère Continuing Care, over the following months, as the resident with a “known history of sexual behaviours” again assaulted or attempted to assault other residents, despite internal and external investigations and reports. The resident responsible for the behaviours died at the end of 2015.

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