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Nursing home audit findings to be revealed

The city's auditor general will table his office's findings at the city's audit committee, Monday morning.
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Ottawa City Hall, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The city's auditor general will soon reveal the things his office has found inside the city's long-term care homes -- an audit that began after a series of concerning incidents and allegations in the facilities.

In the most shocking case, a care worker was caught on video punching a patient in the face as he laid on a bed. Other cases involved verbal abuse by staff and family members' concerns about the quality of care residents received.

Last summer, the province's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care issued a Director Referral Order -- a rare step saved for facilities with a history of non-compliance and repeated issues.

The ministry order demanded improvements to care and safety, including steps to prevent resident-on-resident violence. Laid out in the document is a call for a plan covering supervision of staff, training, and care strategies for residents of various cultural background who have dementia, among other steps.

The city's auditor general has not revealed whether his probe was focused on one or more specific areas. His office's findings will be tabled at the city's audit committee, Monday morning.


Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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