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Four employees at St Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care home have been suspended pending investigation after a patient’s son, Camille Parent, left a hidden camera in his mother’s room over a three-week period.
The disturbing footage captured the way in which nurses fought with Hellen MacDonald, 85, who suffers from dementia, shoved a feces-stained rag at her face and blew their noses on her sheets.
Hospital horror: A hidden camera shows how staffers at St Joseph’s at Fleming in Ontario mistreated dementia sufferer Hellen MacDonald, 85, by shoving a feces-stained rag at her face among other indignities
On viewing the graphic material, Mr Parent told Canada’s CTV News: ‘To see my mom… to see what happened to her… I’ve never had my heart beat like it beated that night.’
Following a handful of suspicious incidents, including one that resulted in his mother sustaining a black eye for reasons unknown, he was compelled to place the secret camera in her room.
The evidence of her mistreatment was unambiguous.
In many of the clips, Mrs MacDonald appears to be physically battling against the nurses as they hold her down.
Alan Cavell, CEO of St Joseph’s at Fleming, admitted he was surprised by what he saw in the footage but would not go so far as to say it was abuse.
‘I don’t want to give my opinion directly,’ he told CTV News. ‘I would think that most people would say that it was.’
Though the identities of the staff in the video has been protected, all four of the nurses have been suspended with pay.
Yuck: This nurse was caught blowing his nose on the sheets and remaking the bed with the same ones
Mrs MacDonald’s son is horrified by what the camera captures but hopes and investigation into the matter will help change standard at care homes for others like his mother (right)
Comforting: Camille Parent (left), Mrs MacDonald’s son is horrified by what the camera captures but hopes and investigation into the matter will help change standard at care homes for patients like his mother (right)
The Ontario Ministry of Health is also investigating the case separately from the hospital.
But though Mr Parent is relieved his video has shed light on the issue for others, he would be happier if there were an independent probe he says.
‘Number one thing I’d like to see is the ombudsman get involved and take the whole investigation away from the crown.
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