Fear, Violence and Long-term Care

W5 investigation reveals national crisis: homicide in care homes
W5 investigation reveals national crisis: homicide in care homes

To the shock of many, the true colours of long-term care homes were revealed in a recent W5 article.

Many people feel as Tena Alexander did when her husband Frank was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “No other options,” was the phrase used by W5 to describe how the Alexander family felt. So Tena moved Frank into a nursing home and knew right away that something was wrong.Frank’s son recalls there were, “fights and arguments and people upset with each other. The place (was) bursting with people.”

Then, one day, the Alexander family received a devastating phone call. Another resident attacked Frank. Four days later, he passed away due to injuries sustained from the attack.

What’s even more shocking is that Frank’s death is not the only case of its kind. According to W5, there are on average 5 murders per year at facilities that most people take for granted as safe.

So what are the options? Did the Alexander family truly have no choice but to consign their father to a care home?

After reading an article like the one by W5, we at Melody’s House Calls are reminded about our deep passion to provide caring, cost-effective in-home care for individuals who require assistance living independently. Giving someone the opportunity to remain close to their loved ones, in a familiar environment and in the community they call home is a true joy for us.

W5 did some more digging and discovered a ground-breaking 10,000+ “incidents” in care homes across Canada in one year alone.

And it’s not just W5 who’s turning up these results. CBC addressed this very issue a few years ago in an article titled “Fear and Violence in Canada’s nursing homes.”

Recently, the National Post featured an article entitled “Our growing elder-care crisis” describing the horrific resident-on-resident violence that is all too common.

Our deepest desire at Melody’s House Calls is to provide the kind of care that can serve as an alternative to nightmares like these. If you or someone you know could benefit from an alternative to fear and potential violence in a long-term care facility, give us a call; we would love talk with you.