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  • clightbon clightbon Nov 19, 2011 7:04 PM Flag

    "Coroner says home lied in senior's death"

    Sunrise of Lynn Valley is owned by Ventas and operated by Sunrise Senior Living. Here is a news report concerning Sunrise of Lynn Valley:

    Coroner says home lied in senior's death

    Choking during feeding caught on camera by victim's family


    AN 88-year-old man choked to death in a North Vancouver seniors' home this January as an under-trained staff member fed him his breakfast, according to a damning B.C. Coroners Service report released this week.

    Staff at Sunrise of Lynn Valley then went on to lie to investigators about Eldon Mooney's final moments, wrote Coroner Kate Corcoran. The deception only came to light because the man's daughter, Gail Nelson, 60, had secretly installed a video camera in the room.

    "Initial statements from facility management indicated there were no problems or concerns at the time Mr. Mooney's morning meal," Corcoran wrote. "BCCS was told Mr. Mooney was comfortable prior to staff exiting his room; that staff returned shortly after to find the 88-year-old unresponsive and that when assistance arrived, given an existing 'Do Not Resuscitate' order, no actions to resuscitate were initiated."

    However, after watching Nelson's video footage, Corcoran learned the real chain of events.

    "Mr. Mooney's death was a choking incident during breakfast; an incident not responded to in a safe, efficient and effective manner," she wrote. "The video confirms that some of SLV's staff members were less than forthcoming with the facts surrounding Mr. Mooney's final minutes, leaving management unaware of the correct circumstances."

    The incident was made public this week in an investigative report by the Province newspaper.

    A forensic pathologist who also watched the video said it showed a patient in distress, apparently trying to cough while being fed and then losing consciousness. A post mortem revealed a "massive amount of partially chewed food in the airways," extending all the way to the man's lungs. Smaller amounts of food found in his airways suggested this was not the first time Mooney had inhaled particles of food ...

    A separate investigation by the province's Community Care Facilities Licensing branch found 23 violations of the law at Sunrise of Lynn Valley.

    These include: inadequate patient monitoring; poor food preparation and service; a lack of training in safe feeding techniques, the handling of delirious patients and in emergency response; and inadequate admission screening and care plans.

    However, since the investigation's findings were made available, Corcoran wrote that she is satisfied with Sunrise's "numerous and timely improvements," such as the introduction of 24-hour nursing supervision, enhanced staff training and "group discussions regarding ethics and the importance of full and honest incident reporting."

    Sunrise Senior Living, a publicly traded company which operates more than 420 seniors homes across North America and Europe, released a statement describing the incident as "tragic" and "not at all representative of the care we give at Sunrise.

    "We confront any shortcomings vigorously and respond proactively to help ensure we are providing our residents with the very best home," it stated.

    They declined to comment further. Hours after the release of Corcoran's report, provincial Health Minister Mike de Jong publicly apologized to Mooney's family in the legislature.

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    • You can forget about them raising the dividend.

      I wouldn't leave anyone in their care after this choking incident.

      These bean counters should be slapped around and fired. There should be a chain of personnel that gets ejected out of this. I assume there will be a criminal law suit as well to ensue.

      Great post.


      • 1 Reply to jforuus
      • I couldn't even find any info on this law suit at their investors relations new release section, WTF is that all about?

        If you can't trust a home..its DOOMED!

        Call David and ask him where we can find the information on their website (link below). They should have announced this, I should be able to

        David J. Smith
        Manager, Investor Relations and Capital Markets
        dsmith@ventasreit.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

        I don't recall anything mentioned in their CC. I will listen to it again. Hopefully I just missed it or this company has a bunch of SCHILL analysts also.

        Now I see why my alert signals show a downtrend!! I knew something was wrong.

        If a patient can trust them, nor can an Investor. Management doesn't have a handle on the situation either.

        I wonder if it is goint to be a law suit well over $250M as well as new protocols that will be needed to formulated after the criminal and civil trial?

        Not even waiting around for the smoke to settle. I will take the loss and move on..SBUX here I come..VTR C-Yah!! I don't want to be affiliated with a company in a murder trial!

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