horrific abuse in BC nursing home secretly filmed by womans family

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Reposted from a story Online By Daily Mail

A shocking video made in secret has shown how an elderly patient at an Ontario nursing home suffered horrific abuse at the hands of her nurses.
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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.
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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 one clip, the nurse wipes her behind and then holds the rag over her face and in another two caregivers change her diaper with the door wide open.
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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.

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Yuck: This nurse was caught blowing his nose on the sheets and remaking the bed with the same ones

The footage was captured over a period of three weeks
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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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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327442/Hidden-camera-nursing-home-shows-worker-shove-feces-covered-rags-elderly-ladys-face-blow-nose-sheets.html#ixzz2W740SBUm
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I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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