Statement from Cam Broten regarding alleged abuse and neglect of a resident at Santa Maria

Seniors in care facilities deserve high quality care, as well as dignity and respect. I have absolutely no tolerance for any abuse of seniors in care facilities, and I do not accept any excuses aimed at justifying abuse.

I do not believe that physical assault of a resident by a staff person is common. When it happens, as is now alleged at Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in Regina, there should be clear consequences, up to and including prosecution on criminal charges.

The vast majority of front-line nurses and care aides are compassionate, professional and genuinely care about the residents and patients they serve. Nearly all health care workers strive to provide the best care they can.

But it is important for this government to recognize that, while instances of physical abuse are isolated, other very serious problems are widespread throughout our care facilities. Short staffing is a significant problem, and the quality of care in facilities throughout our province could and should be so much better.

We continue to call on the government to improve staffing levels, to bring back regulated, minimum care standards, to ensure appropriate accountability based on those regulated standards, and to establish a seniors advocate office to work with families in a proactive capacity, preventing tragedies before they happen, and helping seniors and their families navigate the system. 

- 30 -

For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus