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Abusive Care: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV660
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Abuse, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2015
Running Time:  40:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Over the course of a one year investigation, W5 uncovered at least 1,500 cases of staff-to-resident abuse and neglect in nursing homes across Canada in 2013. That number is likely higher due to under-reporting of incidents.

W5 obtained the data by filing access-to-information requests with 42 provincial, territorial and regional health authorities seeking statistical information and incident reports of staff-to-resident abuse for the 2013 calendar year.

Behind the sad statistics are the stories that become sadder when they’re investigated and the details become known. W5 takes a look at the epidemic of abuse at homes meant to care for the elderly and how front-line workers walk away without repercussions. Ill treatment often goes underreported and abusive workers are protected by secrecy and a lack of regulation.

One family is demanding action from the government after their trust was betrayed and a loved one suffered needlessly in her dying days.

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