Sep 06, 2013
By Jane Brown
The son of an elderly woman who was mistreated in a Peterborough long term care home says he’s stunned that police did not charge the now dismissed employees. “I’m puzzled, I’m sickened over this. It’s just totally wrong,” says Camille Parent. He hid a camera in the room of his 85 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. What ended up being recorded was disturbing. The video shows a female worker waving a soiled cloth in his mother’s face and jerking his mother’s body back and forth during a changing. A male worker is seen blowing his nose on the woman’s sheets and making her bed with them.
Parent’s video was made public in mid-May. The Ministry of Health found St. Joseph’s at Fleming violated residents’ rights “to be treated with courtesy and respect,” “to live in a safe environment” and “to be afforded privacy in treatment and caring for his or her personal needs.” Parent found out yesterday police would not be laying any criminal charges. He says, “between having a video tape and a witness such as the Ministry investigators calling this abuse, I’m not sure what the police or what the crown needs for a charge here. I mean, it’s been handed over to them on a silver platter and they still won’t lay charges?”
A spokesman for Peterborough Police confirms police would not be laying any criminal charges, and declined any further comment. Parent is not giving up his fight. He has a meeting scheduled today with the local crown’s office and city police members.