Publisher: PETER BOWDEN
Publication Date: March 09, 2017
Binding: Kobo eBook
ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY – Book Synopsis
In April of 2015, Peter Bowden blew the whistle on elder abuse. What followed was a two-year nightmare of personal attacks, career ruin, and the illegal disclosure by his employer, the Saskatoon Health region authority and Sask. Health of his private and confidential information.
The government saw fit to become involved in what was a private matter between employee and employer. What followed was a government mired in controversy. Their sole purpose was to ruin the reputation of a compassionate care aide.
Invited by Saskatchewan’s Official Opposition Party, he made his way to the Legislature to share his experiences of elder care with the government. He was concerned by the caregiver to patient ratios, stating that, some nights, he was alone with thirty-four residents. Numerous times in his career, he witnessed the abuse of many residents, most of whom were completely dependent on the care they received. With no universal standard of care, private Long-Term Care Facilities demonstrated an appalling lack of consideration for their residents. As part of a failing system that could not attend to the needs of their clientele, Peter stated that all employees were, by definition, part of the abuse.
What followed was a sudden and unexpected attack on his character. Within days of his visit to the Legislature, a dozen formal complaints about his work surfaced, including some criminal allegations. His employer placed him under investigation as coworkers, initially supportive, turned their backs on him. Victimized, Peter began the difficult road to justice.
This book chronicles both the cases of abuse Peter witnessed as well as the investigation itself. It provides a rare look into the reality of care homes, places peopled mostly by those unable to express for themselves the lives they lead.
We are all aging; ...