Underfunding the real problem in Ottawa’s city-run nursing homes

David Reevely, The Ottawa Citizen

The people living in Ottawa’s city-run nursing homes are content, they’re cared for by diligent professionals, and if there are any problems they’re mostly the miserly provincial government’s fault, city council’s community services committee agreed Thursday. These problems include a personal support worker’s being recorded punching a debilitated resident in the face, patients’ families being barred after complaining about their loved ones’ care, and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care issuing an extraordinary set of orders to the city to stop neglect and abuse and live up to residents’ care plans. Managers responsible for the city’s four nursing homes – also called long-term care homes  — and their 712 residents have been busy since the Citizen’s Elizabeth Payne broke the news in July that a worker at their Garry J. Armstrong nursing home had been caught by a suspicious family’s camera punching 89-year-old Georges Karam 11 times when Karam resisted having his diaper changed. Jie Xiao pleaded guilty to assault. But that was just the start of it. The health ministry looked at the city nursing homes’ histories and found them severely deficient.

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