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November 27, 2010

Family Accusing Winnipeg Care Home of Elder Abuse (CANADA)


By 
Jeremy Hunka

ctvwinnipeg.ca
Nov. 25 2010
A family is accusing a Winnipeg care home of abusing, neglecting and mocking a loved one.
Phyllis Froese says staff at the care home abused her father, 95-year-old Henry Froese, for almost eight months.
"It was horrible, we couldn't have a relationship with my dad, we never knew what we would encounter when we went there," Phyllis Froese says.
She claims he was mocked by staff, neglected and put on an anti-psychotic drug without family consultation. She describes "a lot of mysterious bruises, skin tears, that we never did find out how they happened."
The allegations are one example of what some are calling a growing trend.
Government statistics show the number of reports of care home abuse cases has soared by 200 per cent this decade.
"Instead of preventing the abuse, making sure it stops, the numbers are skyrocketing," says Jon Gerrard, leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party.
However, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is defending their record, saying Henry Froese's case was thoroughly investigated.
"Are there any sings of mishandling of the resident? There was no evidence to indicate that in this case," says Real Cloutier, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
The provincial government says the skyrocketing number of abuse reports is misleading because reporting is now much more thorough now that it was before.
"The suggestion that things are being reported and not being reviewed is simply untrue, and Manitobans need to know that," said health minister Theresa Oswald.
However, the allegations are a concern to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
"If there are more cases being reported, there is more abuse," says Sylvia Rothney, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
The society says cases of abuse will continue to increase, as the population continues to age.



SOURCE:    WINNIPEG CTV
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