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Doctors muzzled , Health quality Council of Alberta says.

Dr. John Cowell, executive director of the Health Quality Council, has called  for a task force to build a “just culture”. The report confirmed there was  widespread intimidation and muzzling of physicians who advocated for their  patients,  The report also found that too many seniors at their end of their lives went  to emergency rooms for […]

Beverly Munro, Senior speaks out about long term care – Covenant Health – Edmonton General Hospital

 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 […]


Minister of Health, Fred Horne has announced a change in the  government’s approach to senior’s housing and care. He is quoted as saying,  a concept, “aging in place”, was developed  by Premier Alison Redford during the leadership campaign. He is further quoted as saying: “What we mean by “aging in place” is  really designing a facility that allows us […]

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.

Is DriveABLE workABLE?

The DriveABLE test involves sitting in front of a touch-screen computer with three extra buttons at the bottom. Most seniors being tested this way are unfamiliar with computers, touch screens, and computer-generated visuals. If they fail, they are told so within 2 minutes by a clerk. There is no appeal; the licence is revoked on the spot. You can retest after 6 months for $200. Imagine being told you are cognitively deficient, not by your doctor but by a clerk.

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 […]


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 […]