Top Stories 2016

December 2, 2016

Nurse who wrote about grandfather’s care on Facebook found guilty of professional misconduct
Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, The Ottawa Citizen

In a precedent-setting decision, the body that regulates Saskatchewan’s nurses has said that a nurse who posted on Facebook about her grandfather’s health care experience is guilty of professional misconduct. In February 2015, Prince Albert nurse Carolyn Strom posted a news article about end-of-life care on her personal Facebook page and then commented about the “subpar care” her grandfather had received at Macklin health facility. The post was brought to the attention of staff there, who filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA).

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November 2, 2016

Care homes ban relatives who complain
Sangita Myska, BBC Health News

Hundreds of care homes are banning relatives from visiting elderly residents over complaints about quality of care, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. A Somerset care home prevented a man from visiting his 93-year-old father after he complained about the poor quality of care of his father who is blind and has cancer. And the children of a woman in a home in Essex say she was evicted after they made a complaint.

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October 21, 2016

Class action accuses one of Canada’s biggest nursing-home companies of neglecting residents
Tom Blackwell, The Ottawa Citizen

A Toronto malpractice lawyer is launching what she calls an unprecedented class-action lawsuit against one of Canada’s biggest nursing-home companies, charging that it routinely neglects or mistreats elderly residents. The multi-million-dollar suit was prompted by the case of Ross Jones, a 68-year-old man who allegedly spent the last days of his life in agony, an infected pressure sore left untreated by a Revera Inc. facility. But the case underscores persistent complaints throughout the country that some long-term care homes deliver substandard care.

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October 14, 2016

New seniors’ wing at Queensway-Carleton Hospital shines light on growing concern
Susan Sherring, The Ottawa Sun

For anyone who has ever cared for their elderly parents, a special aunt or a dear friend, news of a special hospital unit designed specifically for seniors is incredibly welcome news. A 34-bed unit is opening at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital with the aim of meeting seniors’ specific needs and working hard to get them home sooner. Dr. Fraser Miller, the QCH’s chief geriatrician who will run the facility talked of his personal experience when his own parents’ health began to fail.

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