Widow seeks answers after husband found on floor, bleeding at long-term care home

Kelly Egan, The Ottawa Citizen

Earlier this week, Rita Brisson saw the wrenching images of a vulnerable elderly man – lying helpless in bed – being struck over and over by a care worker at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home. After a restless night, she could be silent no longer. Bisson, 85, was moved to reveal the story of her husband François – 88, in a wheelchair, with advanced dementia – who was found bleeding on the floor of his room at the city-run Armstrong home on December 30, 2016. To this day, she has no definitive answer as to how the retired engineer ended up “in a pool of blood,” only to be cleaned and put to bed without the fall being reported to supervisors or logged in nursing notes.

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