EDMONTON, AB (January 24, 2014): Despite the improvements made at McKenzie Town Care Centre by Alberta Health Services (AHS), a failed inspection visit on January 14 2014 shows there is still much work to be done to ensure facilities are meeting basic care standards for residents, Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said today. In December, the Wildrose exposed serious lapses in care for Violet McDonald, a senior who was neglected and left to have her own wounds fester until she required hospitalization. The review released by AHS confirms wound care practices were not being followed and have directed the facility to implement recommendations to fix the problem. However, with a failed inspection report from just ten days ago, it is obvious gaps still remain in the system.
“It took the bravery of Violet’s family to come forward with graphic details and pictures of their loved to pressure the Health Minister and AHS to do their job and make a broken seniors care system more accountable to patients,” Towle said. “It’s unfortunate it took the case of Violet and other families for AHS to do what they are expected to do.” With families across the province having to struggle constantly to ensure their loved ones receive the proper level of care, Towle said the province must be more vigilant in monitoring seniors’ facilities. “We hope going forward the Health Minister will start doing his job by ensuring AHS and its facilities are enforcing the regulations that already exist,” Towle said. “I hope it doesn’t take another story of a senior forced to have their wounds fester for days for other improvements to take place in other facilities.”