Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ombudsman Makes Recommendations after Death of Senior in Regina Care Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ombudsman Makes Recommendations after Death of Senior in Regina Care Home

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Ombudsman makes care-home recommendations

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REGINA - A review by the Saskatchewan ombudsman of a senior's death at a long-term care home found that staff failed to meet some provincial standards.

Mary McFadyen's report also says managers at Extendicare Sunset in Regina were not aware of the breaches, which included having a nurse pronounce the senior dead and failing to notify the coroner because the death was accidental.

Jessie Sellwood, who was 87, was taken to hospital after she fell and cut her leg on Dec. 23, 2013.

She was returned to the care home, but after increasing pain was sent back to the hospital two days later, where a doctor found her other leg was broken.

The woman was again returned to Sunset and died on Dec. 27 of congestive heart failure, although the report said the leg injury probably contributed to her death.

The ombudsman also says she found gaps related to fall prevention at the care home.

McFadyen makes several recommendations, including that officials with the care home and the Regina Qu'Appelle Regional Health Authority apologize to the senior's family. …

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