Ministry inspection shows LTC home where employee charged had past problems with abuse, neglect

LONG SAULT – A long term care home in Long Sault where an employee was charged with assault had been cited only months before for similar problems.

A woman, identified by several media outlets as 54-year-old Lana Gautreau, is facing one charge of assault in connection to an alleged assault at Woodland Villa in April.

She will appear in a Cornwall court June 2.

Woodland Villa is operated by Omni Health Care and Omni’s Chief Executive Officer, Pat McCarthy, says the employee involved has been terminated.

However, this has not been the first problem with abuse and neglect at the facility.

A Ministry of Health (MOH) inspection report on January 5, 2015 saw the home on Mille Roches Road receive a half dozen written warnings and one compliance order issued.

The report followed a two-day on site visit in November 2014.

The MOH document cites two cases – one where a personal support worker witnessed another PSW pushing and shoving a resident. The other involved a resident, who complained about being hurt while being moved, and that the resident’s complaints were ignored.

The “written notifications” involved violations of the Ontario Long Term Care Homes Act for making sure residents are protected from abuse, failing to enforce a policy of zero tolerance for abuse and neglect, failing to report certain matters to the director of care, failing to notify in a timely manner the resident’s guardian of an incident of abuse, and failing to fill out the required information in a report of suspected abuse.

The compliance order requires the home to ensure that all allegations of resident abuse and neglect are reported and investigated according to the legal requirements.

Omni Health Care did have the option to appeal the order though it’s not clear whether the company exercised that option in the 28 day time frame allowed for appeals.

The report gives the victims and the employees numbered pseudonyms, such as PSW #S101, so it’s unclear whether these cases of reported abuse are in any way connected to the criminal charges in April.

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