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Three workers suspended after mouse-bite claims at care home


 

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A union says three workers have been suspended at a long-term care home in Alberta where allegations were made that mice bit a disabled patient’s face.

Glen Scott, vice-president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, says the three employees at the St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge were sent home this week.

Scott says the employer, Covenant Health, has told the union the suspensions stem from the allegations about the mice incident.

Rayne Kuntz, a spokeswoman for Covenant Health, wouldn’t confirm the suspensions because she says it is a human resources issue.

Friends of Medicare said that on Sept. 1, staff saw mice on the face of a woman who has dementia and whose disabilities would have prevented her from removing the rodents.

Covenant Health has said that while a mouse was seen in the patient’s room, there is no medical evidence that the woman was bitten by rodents.

It also said that staff did not document anything.

The allegations have prompted Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne to call an investigation under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, along with a review into whether health standards were breached at the St. Therese Villa.


 
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Three workers suspended after mouse-bite claims at care home

  1. Friends of Medicare said that on Sept. 1, staff saw mice on the face of a woman who has dementia and whose disabilities would have prevented her from removing the rodents.

    Who the hell comes up with a sentence like that? A normal person (a human) would say, “She was too disabled to prevent the mice from climbing on her” or something similar. I’m pretty sure a non-disabled person wouldn’t have allowed the mice on her face in the first place.

    The question as to why the mice are roaming freely among the patients is far more relevant than the fact that they happened to be on someone’s face “whose disabilities would have prevented her from removing the rodents.”

    • Happens every year about this time. Field mice and rodents seek buildings to get out of the night chill. Had a problem some 5 years ago and set traps and food, nailed 4 of them. We figure they came in via the attached garage or patio door as we BBQ lot.

  2. Where is that whistleblower protection we keep hearing about?

    • who are they blowing the whistle on….if the original reports are to be believed…the workers where not cleaning the rooms. Management can only do so much if the workers choose not to do their jobs.

      • Management’s job seems to be to fire workers who speak out about poor management. The buck doesn’t stop on their desks does it?

        • So you think workers who are not concerned with doing their jobs should be kept on staff. You seem to have the idea that management is just dropping by to check on their cash cow, before going out to play golf.

          • You nailed it. That’s exactly what I think about the home’s management.

          • Then maybe you should get your head out of your a$$

  3. Suspended with or without pay?

    The way we treat seniors has issues coast to coast. Boiling hot or ice cold, now mice?

    First, get a mouser cat for the mice, old people (and me) like furry animals.

    But I digress, other practices include putting older released violent inmates into homes with non-violent people, insane older people too. Regulations that drive up costs but how do you legislate caring and giving a damn?

    Yep, we tax the crap out of people (literally on the sewer bill) and then when they get old, like disaabled people, out of sight and out of mind. We spend more on able welfare, immigration, EI and other able whiners. We even ship off billions to other countries, bailout banks and unions, but can’t take care of our own seniors who paid a lot of taxes in their time.