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Peterborough Woman Says Long Term Care Home Is Restricting Her Visits With Her Father

PETERBOROUGH-A Peterborough woman is desperate to spend quality time with her ageing father.

Diane Tamblyn says St Joseph’s at Fleming, the long term care facility in Peterborough he calls home is restricting her visits with her 87-year-old father. John Bedborough has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is prone to falls. Tamblyn claims after she complained about the care he was receiving the home saddled her with a Trespass Notice and told her she is not allowed to leave her father’s room when she visits. She cannot take him for a walk, she cannot go to the kitchen area and get him a coffee, she cannot take him to play bingo or the police will be called.

St Joseph’s issued a statement saying Tamblyn is under investigation for workplace harassment but would not say who made the complaint or when.

“SJF has received a workplace harassment complaint about a family member and has started an investigation by hiring an outside investigator. Before the complaint, SJF Staff met multiple times per week and exchanged many weekly emails with this family member over the last nine months.” said the statement from St Josephs.

Officials with home admit to filing the trespass notice but say Tamblyn still has access to her father.

“SJF has also filed a notice of trespass with the family member. The family member is
concerned that it was in response to her complaints. However, the family member can visit
her loved one every day after passing the COVID screening. The trespass notice restricts her visits to her family member’s unit while the workplace harassment complaint is ongoing.”

According to records from the Ministry of Health, St Joseph has had 6 critical incident inspections and 5 complaints driven inspections over the past two years and three months.

Some of the issues found were related to not following a residents care plan related to safety devices, failing to ensure that the home was a safe environment related to infection prevention and control measures specified, regarding active screening of people entering the home, the proper use of the surgical procedure mask and maintaining two meters distance from others, while not a wearing a mask in order to protect residents from COVID-19, failing to ensure that staff participated in the implementation of the infection prevention and control (IPAC) program related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand hygiene, failing to ensure that the resident to staff communication and response system could be easily seen.

Click here for a full list of all of the reports:http://publicreporting.ltchomes.net/en-ca/homeprofile.aspx?Home=2935&tab=1

This story has been updated with a response from St Josephs at Fleming.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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