A local agency in Oxford County that advocates for seniors is reaffirming its confidence in the care they receive from health professionals and in facilities in the area.
The Oxford County Elder Abuse Network or OCEAN released a statement Thursday morning, and it comes in the wake of last week’s shocking news of a former nurse being charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of patients at long term care homes in Woodstock and London.
49-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer briefly appeared in court Wednesday, her next court date is November 18th.
OCEAN expressed sympathy to the families of the alleged victims but also reiterated its confidence in local health care professionals and long term care homes in Oxford County.
The group said it knows the vast majority of staff and caregivers are dedicated and committed to delivering excellent care and are also grieving.
OCEAN said it will continue to advocate for seniors and provide education and awareness of issues facing that community as everyone heals.
Thursday’s release listed resources available to individuals who may be feeling vulnerable or who want more information about senior safety:
- Seniors Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 (24 hour a day/7 days a week, 150 languages)
- The Healthline at www.thehealthline.ca
- Advocacy Centre for the Elderly www.acelaw.ca or 416-598-2656
- Retirement Home Regulatory Authority 1-855-275-7472
- Elder Abuse Ontario www.elderabuseontario.com
- Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Action line 1-866-434-0144
- Signs and Symptoms/Types of Elder Abuse can be accessed at: http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/safety/whatisea.php