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No Charges in Nursing Home Abuse Case—with Camera Evidence

Action Alert – Ehline Law Reports that Ontario man is sick over apparent abuse of elderly parent

Woman being abused in a wheelchair
Nurse hits woman

The son shocked over the treatment of 85-year-old mother in a Peterborough, Ontario nursing home. And he is more devastated that the home and its monster employees, will not be facing criminal charges.  Although this case happened it Canada, we wanted to demonstrate that even in so-called “un-greedy” socialist countries, physical, mental and outright criminal abuse against patients is a very common allegation. In fact, some would argue that the state will go out of its way to protect fellow government agencies and health care providers from lawsuits or criminal charges in a state run society. Is that the case here?

Although this case happened it Canada, we wanted to demonstrate that even in so-called “un-greedy” socialist countries, physical, mental and outright criminal abuse against patients is a very common allegation. In fact, some would argue that the state will go out of its way to protect fellow government agencies and health care providers from lawsuits or criminal charges in a state run society. Is that the case here?

Son is “Sick” About the Treatment of His Elder Mother in a Care Home

According to Camille Parent, he is sick about the fact that the nursing home will not be facing charges, even though video camera footage was shown, of his mother is what he termed “manhandled.” At one point the video shows a dirty cloth being “shoved” into his mother’s face.

Although there are more than 5000 hours of video, see for yourself a few snippets of a feces covered cloth into mother’s face. Note she is an Alzheimer’s patient.

Parent said he is confused that no charges will be placed on the nursing home staff at St. Joseph’s at Fleming nursing home, where his mother is a resident. The woman identified by her son as Hellen MacDonald, a resident at the nursing home, also has dementia. He said that he began noticing scratches and bruises earlier this year on his 85-year-old mother. Parent said he made complaints to the management, but he still continued to see injuries, so he placed a hidden camera in MacDonald’s room.

During a four-day period, Parent said the video showed his mother being mistreated by the nursing home staff. The abuse included:

  • MacDonald being treated roughly while getting her diaper changed.
  • A dirty cloth being shoved in the 85 year-olds face, by a staff employee.
  • A nursing home employee is blowing his nose on MacDonald’s bed sheets.
  • Two of the employees making out in his mother’s room, while she was in bed.
  • Another nursing home resident was entering the room and rummaging through his mother’s things.

No Charges Against the Nursing Home—is it Special Protection for Elder Abuse?

The police after seeing the video footage said they were not pressing charges. What does the parent want to know why? He wants to see charges and wants to know why the elderly in long-term care are not being protected and why were there no charges filed.

The Ministry of Health investigated the nursing home and found several violations of the Long Term Care Act, and they fired the four employees from the video. That the parent feels the police have failed in providing any reasons for their decision, they didn’t file any charges. And he has since been invited to a meeting with the Crown Attorney on Friday.

If there are no current laws that the nursing home and staff cannot be charged, Parent said he would argue for stricter legislation to help in preventing similar types of abuse. MacDonald’s son stated that he has not decided whether he will ask another police force to conduct an independent investigation into the nursing home abuse.

But If a Human Did this to A Dog, Charges Would Be Filed

The son rightly points out in the above video, that if this kind of stuff were done to an animal, the person who did it would already be in jail. Ehline Law Firm agrees. “Since before and even mores after 2008, it seems like the U.S. has had a reversal in its view on humanity.  “Fish, frogs, dogs and people in the country illegally, appear to have special rights that are not even afforded to humans and citizens,” said Michael P. Ehline, who went on to say, “it is like Bizarro World from Superman.”

Does anyone doubt what the son is saying is true?  Watch the video and tell us how charges were not filed! Clearly, there is evidence of assault under California criminal and civil law.  There was an unconsented to touching, that resulted in bruising and harm, there is even video evidence. There was also mental and physical anguish being inflicted upon the woman.

What more do the police need?  Ehline Law encourages you to share this article with your local Canadian and U.S. Lawmaker.  As an aside, in California, we have the Elder, and Dependent Adult Abuse laws and Ehline says: “there is no doubt that these nurses would be in jail, and that civil tort claims would already be working their way in the courts if this took place here”! The moral of the story is, get out there and support the son, by exposing this shameful treatment of our seniors.  It could be your mom or dad next! Take action.

Sources: Police not laying charges over St. Joseph’s at Fleming footage: http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/4067925-police-not-laying-charges-over-st-joseph-s-at-fleming-footage/

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