W5 Reveals Troubling Homicide Rates in Canadian Seniors Homes, This Saturday on CTV

— September 26, 2013

 

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TORONTO (September 26, 2013) W5 reveals new information about a high-profile Winnipeg seniors’ home homicide with “IN DEADLY CARE”, premiering this Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. ETon CTV. Featuring chilling accounts from the families of both the victim and his killer, W5 reveals a disturbing and growing national trend: murders in long-term care homes. CTV’s Sandie Rinaldo continues her hard-hitting investigation into what has become a national crisis facing Canada’s long-term care facilities, while searching for answers and accountability from home management and government following a deadly tragedy that could have been prevented.

 

W5’s ongoing investigation into resident-on-resident elder abuse in private and government-run long-term care facilities reveals jarring homicide rates in Canadian nursing homes, with at least 60 murders in the last 12 years. As W5 discovers, not every homicide is tracked by the justice system, as charges are seldom laid in cases where attackers suffer dementia or mental illness.

 

Rinaldo examines the deadly assault of 87-year-old Frank Alexander at the hands of 70-year-old Joe McLeod inside Winnipeg care home, Parkview Place. In 2011, Alexander succumbed to injuries suffered after he was pushed by McLeod, a violent fellow-resident suffering from dementia. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Alexander’s family had moved him into Parkview Place hoping the proud veteran, husband, and father would get the care he needed. Instead, what promised to be a move that would ensure his safety and long-term care, resulted in his death. Now his distraught family is demanding answers and justice.

 

Rinaldo also meets with McLeod’s family, who placed him in Parkview Place as his dementia worsened and his violent outbursts escalated. W5 reveals McLeod was left unsupervised despite nine attacks on staff during the five months he spent in the home. The family cannot understand why appropriate measures were not in place to protect those around him.

 

Seeking potential solutions to this escalating issue, Rinaldo visits The Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, a long-term care facility that has adopted a new approach to elder care known as “The Eden Alternative.” The mandate of the centre is simple: surround residents with a more soothing environment that focuses on nature, the arts, animals, and children. Sherbrooke’s results have been encouraging as statistics indicate its residents require fewer medications, eat better, live longer, and face fewer violent incidents.

 

W5 also airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV App, the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). W5 is also simulcast in Toronto on CFRB Newstalk 1010.

 

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