An Alberta senior has gone public with allegations of misery,
physical abuse and substandard living conditions at a long-term
care centre. Beverley Munro says staff in her ward at the
Edmonton General Hospital physically manhandle her to get
her to bed, and some months ago ripped her earlobe when
her dressing gown got caught in her earring.
“She just gave it a rip and off came the bottom of the ear,”
Munro said Tuesday at a news conference called by the
NDP at the legislature.
She said doors are manually operated, she has to kick open
the door to wheel through which makes it difficult to get around
in her wheelchair. The hallways have been lined with tarps for years
to hide buckets catching rain water from leaky roofs.
The elevator goes on the fritz three times a month, she said,
leaving her trapped inside for over an hour at one point.
“I could have chewed the door off, that’s how scared I was”.
Staff hustle patients around, sometimes physically manhandling or
grabbing them by their clothing, Munro said. They often test the temperature
of bath water wearing gloves. Extreme short staffing is the common
Covenant Health is largest Catholic health care provider in Canada.
It was established on October 7, 2008 by Patrick Dumelie, following
the amalgamation of Alberta’s regional Catholic health care providers
under a single administration. Formerly named Caritas Health Care.