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and Safety in Ontario released a
report explaining what actions
will be taken to protect seniors in residential care facilities from
abuse by staff. The Task Force was created last fall in the wake
of extensive investigations by the Toronto Star newspaper.
The Star’s team were shocked to discover that
“seniors in Ontario nursing homes are beaten, neglected and even
raped by the people hired to care for them,” and that “residents
were hit or verbally abused by staff, or other residents. Others
were given one diaper for an eight-hour shift, leaving them in
urine-soaked clothes or beds.”
There were more than 3,200 incidents in 2011 alone. Among theStar’s
other significant findings are a failure by nursing homes to report incidents,
and the preparation of “sanitized” incident reports.