West End Villa long-term care home named in class action lawsuit

Aedan Helmer, The Ottawa Citizen

Lioubov (Luba) Ijnatieva was “left to suffer” in an Ottawa long-term care home, according to a proposed class action lawsuit seeking millions in damages from two Ontario-based long-term care providers. Statements of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court by Toronto medical malpractice attorney Amani Oakley allege Extendicare Inc., which operates the West End Villa where Ijnatieva was a resident, and Sienna Senior Living Inc. were “systemically negligent” toward residents in their care. None of the allegations contained in the two court filings has been proven in court. The proposed class actions have not been certified by a judge. Flanked by family members of the plaintiffs named in the suits, Oakley staged a news conference in Toronto on Thursday where she outlined the shocking and at times gruesome allegations of neglect.

Ijnatieva, who died last January at age 91, had been a resident of Extendicare’s West End Villa since 2007. According to court filings, Ijnatieva was “left to suffer from continuing issues with falls, inadequate general care and inadequate wound care. … She was not properly cared for, nor was she carefully monitored.” The senior was confined to a wheelchair and was “entirely dependent” on nursing home staff to care for a leg wound she had suffered.

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