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LETHBRIDGE:  ***UP-DATE    Country 95 has spoken with a representative from Covenant health regarding a disturbing incident at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge.

 

The group "Friends of Medicare" claims that on September 1st, a dementia and disabled resident of the St. Therese Villa Designated Assisted Living facility, (a Covenant Health facility in Lethbridge), was discovered by a staff member with mice nibbling at her face.

 

The Vice-President of Operations for Covenant Health's Rural Services says the Health Information Act prevents her from disclosing any patient information. However, Sheli Murphy says their first concern is for the health of the patient, who is receiving treatment and for the patient's family, who are being kept informed of the actions and procedures in this case. Murphy noted, "We have called in someone from pest control to ensure that we can't do anything more than we've already done, so certainly we use those resources, as well as working closely with Alberta Health Services and our infection practice control has worked with theirs and we have been in contact with Public Health".

 

Murphy also explained, "We have multiple traps both inside and outside the building - outside the building near entrances. We also ensure that there's proper sealing of the building - doors and windows - and other places where a mouse could get in".

 

St. Theresa Villa, is a 200-bed facility with five dementia units. Residents bring in their own beds and other household items into the facility, which has been of concern to Friends of Medicare.Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of the group states there are safety issues when transferring or lifting residents from their beds, which are normally not medical beds.

 

According to Azocar, "Staff at this facility have been expressing concerns regarding mice for the past year, and this is the same facility that has had ongoing bed bug issues for over nine months. We have been advised that Management has now set more 'traps in the facility', contacted the family of the affected resident, however it is still unclear if Protection for People in Care have been contacted regarding this particular case".

 

In a news release, Azocar goes on the relate other concerns that relate to staffing issues for the facility, which houses residents who require total care, as well as palliative care patients, "Staff shortages have been an ongoing concern in this facility and during night shifts they have only one Care Aide available for 12 residents on each of the five dementia units. One Care Aide to care for approximately 34-38 residents in each floor and only two LPN's for the 200-bed facility".

 

Chair of the Lethbridge Chapter of Friends of Medicare Shannon Phillips says "what we have to ask is who's responsible and at the end of the day care for seniors and others requiring long term assisted living care lies with the provincial government, so if we have a system where the inspections, the licensing, the enforcement, all of that, is letting this kind of stuff fall through the cracks, the responsibility lies with the provincial government."

 

Phillips adds there needs to be full review and investigation under the Protection of Persons in Care act.

 

 



Posted on Monday, September 09, 2013 at 4/18/2014 9:38:05 AM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Photo credits to Country 95 News
 
 
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