Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The Military Blows The Whistle On A Sickening Scandal
When I first saw Canadian soldiers arriving at long term care homes in Ontario and Quebec I must admit I was shocked.
I didn't think they had the training or the equipment to be able to do much good.
But boy was I wrong.
Not only are they doing a great job, they have exposed a hidden horror.
The Canadian military has drawn the curtain back on horrific allegations of elder abuse in five Ontario long-term care homes, with precise, graphic reports of residents being bullied, drugged, improperly fed and in some cases left for hours and days in soiled bedding.
Within the military's shocking catalogue of abuse, neglect and cruelty is an accusation that delinquent care led to the death of a resident.
A horror that should shame us all.
It was in Orchard Villa that troops observed the choking death of one senior, who was lying down while being fed.
In the same centre, according to the report, troops had to send a senior to hospital after the resident fractured a hip and was not cared for by staff. Other patients were "left in beds soiled, in diapers, rather than being ambulated to the toilets."
"Cockroaches and flies present," one assessment said. "Rotten food smell noted in the hallway outside. CAF members found multiple old food trays stacked inside the bed table."
For a country that cannot take proper care of its oldest and most vulnerable citizens isn't much of a country...
But at least now the horror has been exposed thanks to the decency and bravery of our soldiers, 39 of whom have been infected by the invisible enemy that threatens us all.
And at least now Doug Ford and his ugly Cons will have to pay for this monstrous decision.
People with loved ones in long-term care homes in Ontario might assume those facilities are thoroughly inspected every year to ensure they are in compliance with safety standards and regulations as the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care says they should be.
But CBC News has learned that last year, only nine out of 626 homes in Ontario actually received so-called resident quality inspections (RQIs).
There must be a full public inquiry, and I can only hope that long term care centers will finally be brought under direct government control, so its fragile residents can live out their lives in safety and dignity.
It has been, and still is a real horror show.
But somebody finally saw their distress signal...
And help finally arrived...
Well done soldiers.
Keep up the good work. May your wounded recover quickly.
Know that all decent Canadians are proud of you.
And grateful for the truth as horrible as it may be...