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On Remembrance Day, how can we improve the lives of our aging veterans?

  • November 11, 2016
  • by Will Davidson LLP
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On November 11, Remembrance Day, Canadians take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of the country’s armed forces in conflicts around the world. Remembrance Day is a somber tradition, initiated at the end of the First World War, which aims to recognize the tremendous impact our servicemen and women have had on life in Canada.


Unfortunately, the respect paid to Canada’s veterans on Remembrance Day often does not carry over to the rest of the year. Many Canadian veterans are part of a growing elderly demographic that will test the resilience of the country’s health system and long-term care facilities. In the last five years, examples of insufficient or negligent care in Ontario’s nursing homes have been made public, including some relating to veterans’ facilities. If an elderly member of your family has suffered substandard care at a long-term care facility, consider contacting a Will Davidson LLP nursing home negligence lawyer today.

Canadian seniors suffering from neglect

In November 2012, the CBC reported on alleged negligence at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Veterans Centre, Canada’s largest veterans’ facility. Residents’ relatives complained of delayed bathing and feeding times, soiled sheets, dead mice and mouse droppings in rooms, and constant room and caregiver changes. While these infractions would be grounds to contact a nursing home negligence lawyer under any circumstances, they are magnified by the fact that they allegedly occurred at a veterans’ facility.

“It’s appalling what’s going on in the veterans’ wing of Sunnybrook,” Rodney Burnell, the son of then-92-year-old Sunnybrook resident George Burnell told the CBC in 2012. “They fought for us and it’s our turn to fight for them.”

Complaints of this nature are, unfortunately, not uncommon in Ontario. In October, the Toronto Star reported on a lawsuit against Revera Inc., a privately owned provider of accommodation, care and services for seniors. The case, initiated by Lori Dekervor, alleges that ‘a gaping, infected bedsore’ sustained at Etobicoke’s Main Street Terrance home led to the death of Arthur Jones, Dekevor’s father.

In hopes that the suit will be certified as a class action case, Dekevor’s nursing home negligence lawyer has filed a statement of claim citing numerous examples of neglect at Revera facilities.

Greater risk at for-profit facilities?

According to research conducted by Ottawa’s Bruyere Institute, for-profit long term care facilities like Revera experience higher rates of mortality and hospitalization than non-profit facilities. The study observed more than 50,000 residents of long term care facilities in Ontario between January 2010 and March 2012. It found that residents of for-profit facilities were 16 per cent more likely to pass away and 33 per cent more likely to be transferred to a hospital during the first six months of their stay than residents of non-profit homes.

If a member of your family has suffered an injury during their stay at a nursing home or long term care facility, contact a nursing home negligence lawyer at Will Davidson LLP today. We can help you understand your legal options and advise you on your next steps.

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