Wettlaufer Inquiry Shines Light on Seniors' Plight in NS too
CARP Calls for Implementation of Wettlaufer Inquiry Recommendations here in Nova Scotia as well.
CARP welcomes the recommendations included in The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry Report, and is calling on the government to implement its recommendations. The Inquiry was commissioned after former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer confessed to murdering eight long-term care residents and assaulting or attempting to kill six others.
“At every turn, systemic failure in the long-term care system failed to detect and stop Wettlaufer’s killing spree,” said Marissa Lennox, CARP spokesperson. “CARP has long called for appropriate staffing levels, including an appropriate mix of nursing staff and personal care workers to keep long-term care residents safe,” stated Lennox. “We were pleased to see this recommendation highlighted in the report.”
The comprehensive yet sobering report outlines the problems facing a system that is strained but not completely broken. CARP supports the commission’s recommendations to install cameras in medication rooms; to develop a standardized protocol for autopsies performed on the elderly; to provide ongoing training to staff about their obligations to report instances of abuse and neglect; and to regulate and limit the supply of insulin in long-term care homes.
“CARP is urging the government to move quickly to implement the recommendations and ensure a tragedy of this scale does not happen again,” said Lennox.
Recent CARP surveys indicate that:
CARP Nova Scotia Shares These Concerns
- Fully 92% of CARP’s 320,000 members agree that long-term care homes are not adequately staffed.
- More than half of respondents (55%) believe the measure that would most improve care and safety is a higher staff to resident ratio.
- 80% of members know someone who is living or has lived in long-term care
According to recent CBC Marketplace research, there has been a 148% increase in Long Term Care violence since 2011.
To see that report:
CARP believes this is unacceptable!! Therefore, we are calling on the NS Government for the following actions now.
- Minimum Staffing requirements be reviewed re nurse on duty and adequate qualified staff numbers morning, afternoon and night
- Medication management systems be reviewed to assure adequate control using increased technologies