A Canadian Long-Term Care Review report, which combines findings from 2013 and 2014, shows there were five deaths classified as homicides in long-term care residences in 2013 and eight classified as homicides in 2014.

Residents in long-term care have conditions that are more complex and there is a higher rate of people with difficult behaviours among them. Many staff working in long-term care don’t have the proper training or enough resources to handle them.

In a 2005 inquest into the 2001 deaths of two residents at Casa Verde in Toronto, a resident who was cognitively impaired and had lived at Casa Verde for less than a day bludgeoned to death Ezz-El-Dine El-Roubi, 71, and Pedro Lopez, 83. Piara Singh Sandhu, 74, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. He died while in custody.

The inquests into the deaths produced 85 recommendations, some of which have been acted upon, but “they’ve fallen short of keeping residents safe in long-term care.”

There have been calls for more research, more funding and more staff to provide the level of care needed to deal with residents with difficult behaviours.

Jane Meadus spoke on behalf of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly about the 13 deaths in two years in long-term care.

“If this was a small town, this would be a horrifying murder rate,” she said. There are about 78,200 people in long-term care in Ontario.

Read More: http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/11/22/homicides-in-nursing-homes-appalling-gelinas

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