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1/2 a hot dog for supper

This morning we got a call from small town Alberta concerning a hospitalized senior who was served a half a hot dog for supper. We encourage those, who compassionately visit older persons who are detained in long term care, locked units, active treatmenthospitals or mental hospitals, to bring along a few flowers to brightenup the […]

FATALITY INQUIRY – Lucy Lecavalier – January 25, 2012 – Edmonton Provincial Court – Judge J.Henderson presiding

A patient, who in 2008,was in a transition bed at a long term care  center waiting for palliative care was administered a lethal dose of medication.  She died within the hour. LPN who was a float nurse, was informed patient required  pain medication. She looked for the assigned medication nurse, was  unable to find anyone, so she […]

Loss of foreign workers visas leaves seniors’ facility in lurch

Many care facilities have sharply cut back staffing levels, a case in point isCovenant Health. Facilities manage to function until a crisis situation hits such as the Norovirus. Covenant Health has severely cut back staffing The Norovirus is not selective and will affect staff as well as patients.Recently during such an outbreak, at a General […]

HEALTH QUALITY COUNCIL OF ALBERTA releases findings of second provincial long term care family experience survey

We have been informed by the HQCA that the quality of  long term care has improved. We note however that their survey indicates that 38% of respondents gave  meals  a  failing grade of six or less. Perhaps one of the most  most significant  and troubling findings of the survey was  that one-third of those who were […]

Body found behind Strathcona PLace, 77 Avenue & 109 Street, Edmonton, AB.

The body of an unclothed woman was found Saturday morningbehind Strathcona Place senior’s independent housing. On weekends, there is no manager on site, seniors areleft unattended. Police are not releasing any details concerning her death.

Our tax dollars: Our health care dollars.

We have learned that 1,835 seniors are waiting for long term care beds.  It  has been publicly stated that across the province, at least 500 seniors, who have  been declared as requiring long term care (LTC), are being detained in active treatment  beds. We believe that estimate to be low because of the many calls that we […]

ALBERTA HOSPITAL EDMONTON / VILLA CARITAS – VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

In the past we have made serious complaints against staff of the geriatric mental hospital, Villa Caritas.  We have alleged that abuse and even violence is being perpetrated against very, vulnerable seniors, seniors detained behind locked doors. Our complaints have been summarily dismissed. Therefore we are calling on government, the Honourable Minister of Health. Mr. […]

Alberta will get 500 new supportive living, long-term-care spaces by 2014

We applaud the government for providing more living spaces for elderly andhandicapped. Unfortunately however, of the 500 spaces, only 30 of the spaces are designated for long term care. The needs of persons who require long term care cannotbe met in supported living or assisted living spaces.For example our long serving, respected Premier now requires […]

Upcoming Hearings

January 16 – 20/ 2012  – Edmonton Court House, Fatality Inquiry @ 9:30AM Judge P.G. Sully presiding  Jean Warden -On September 11, 2005, Jean Warden was taken to the hospital  from her    long-term care facility.   Upon admission to UofA hospital they diagnosed      the following: “malnutrition / dehydration, muscle wasting, decreased albumin […]

Dr. Peter Breggin – Press Conference

World renowned psychiatrist who will speak about the dangers and behavioral  abnormalities and changes within the brain caused by psychiatric drugs.  His work has lead to legal victories against drug companies, resulting in FDA  mandated changes in regard to what manufacturers must admit about the  disfunctioning their drugs are causing, widely used psychiatric drugs such as  Prozac, […]

Jeanne Marie Hackama – Open Arms Group Home

Jeanne Marie Hackama plead guilty to assault at Court of Queens Bench Court thismorning, Madame Justice D.A. Sulyma presiding. The criminal investigationrevealed that Hackama withheld food and hydration from these most vulnerable,defenceless persons. Madame Justice noted that the defendant was remorseless. It was noted in the court that the Public Guardian’s Office had failed to […]

Courts – Upcoming Hearing

 Edmonton Court, Queens Bench – Friday November 4, 2011 @ 2:00 PM –    Lawsuit-Elder Advocates of Alberta Society et al vs. Crown et al          Application by Alberta Health Services (AHS) to appeal the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal which held that Alberta Health Services owed a duty of care to monitor, […]

Exploring Long Term Care Accommodation Fees

>>> This is the home of two seniors > Income paid by the seniors for this space is $2, 944.00 a month > Annually $35, 328.00 > See the full gallery on Posterous >>> This senior lives behind the pink curtain next to the window. > The area of her home measures 7′ x 11′ […]

Beware of the Simard MD

The SIMARD MD test purports to be a screening tool for  the identification of cognitively impaired medically at-risk drivers.  It consists of three questions that supposedly identifies if a person  is cognitively fit to drive.  At the beginning of the test the person is given 10 words. He/she              must repeat as many as possible. […]

SIMARD MD – an evaluation

The SIMARD MD test purports to be a screening tool for  the identification of cognitively impaired medically at-risk drivers.  It consists of three questions that supposedly identify if a person  is cognitively fit to drive.  At the beginning of the test the person is given 10 words. He/she              must repeat as many as possible. […]