Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Randy

I do not think I will ever be free of Randy. I woke up in a cold sweat racing to the phone as I knew Randy was trying to call me. Of course no one was there as how could there be as Randy was dead. Today, another day lost in tears and guilt for not trying hard enough to save him.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Battery isn't confined to George Pearson Centre

Much like what happened to me at George Pearson Centre on 22 October 2013 The police refused to charge the staff for battery and imprisonment. And staff said it was my fault (GPC assaulted me and imprisoned both Randy and I) and I got banned. Every health care worker including management every six month should have to take psych tests to make sure that they are still suitable for their work. Also hospitals should all have video cameras everywhere and let the patient or family member decide if he wants privacy or not and not the union. When you work you have no privacy, you have exchanged your person for an hourly wage.



Staff at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam accused of abuse

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980
Charges of battery have been leveled against more than  a dozen staff at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.
Last summer, a disabled patient at the hospital witnessed another patient become violently ill in the open area of the facility.
According to documents filed in BC Supreme Court, the man was calling out for help for the ill patient, but when it didn’t appear to be coming, he became increasingly agitated and demanding.
In response, the documents say as many as 16 male staff at the hospital emerged and took the disabled man to the ground after shackling him.
The injuries are said to be many.
His lawyer says it amounts to “gratuitous violence and deviates from community standards.”
He’s suing for damages.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Saving $hospitalization

 Hosptial EMR are doing this now: encourage death for those who are chronic wtih disabilities and then insulting the disabled by saying that death is their decison..Do we have a hidden bonus $system in BC for hospitals and physicians who do this.

Posted: 28 May 2014 03:01 PM PDT
Not Dead Yet, the Center for Disability Rights, and 11 other NY based disability organizations, submitted public comments on the New York State Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) on May 28, 2014, alleging that one of the proposed projects would fund Medicaid providers to save money by steering people to choose death over living with disability.  NY is offering grants to Medicaid “safety net” providers with a high proportion of Medicaid patients to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and encouraging applicants to implement three possible palliative care projects along with other projects on various aspects of healthcare.
One of the three palliative care projects is entitled “Conversation Ready,” and promotes advance care planning as a means of reducing “unnecessary” hospitalizations.  For this to be effective, people on Medicaid would apparently be encouraged to refuse life-sustaining treatment as part of their advance care plan.
A recent Pew Research study found that:
. . . [A]bout two-thirds of whites (65%) say they would want to be allowed to die if they had an incurable disease and were suffering a great deal of pain, compared with 26% who say they would ask their doctors to do everything possible to save their lives in such circumstances. By contrast, a majority of blacks (61%) and about half of Hispanics (55%) say they would tell their doctors to do everything possible to save their lives if they had an incurable disease and were suffering a great deal of pain.  [Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments, November 21, 2013]
The “Conversation Ready” project is focused on safety net providers and includes the following requirement:
Identify care coordinators to work with community based and faith based partners to facilitate End of Life planning in a socially/belief system compatible manner to increase patients (sic) acceptance of program. [Pg. 57, DSRIP Toolkit]
Giving provider networks financial rewards for being successful in this effort allows them to reduce hospitalizations and healthcare costs by encouraging individuals to “choose” death over treatment. The method by which the “Conversation Ready” Project proposes to influence people are set forth in The Conversation Project, a website listed on page 57 of the state toolkit for grant applicants.
The Conversation Project makes it clear that the fear of living with a disability is what drives the seemingly innocuous decision-making process designed to steer people away from receiving care.
The website, found at www.conversationproject.org, reads in part:
You’ll see that this isn’t really about dying—it’s about figuring out how you want to live, till the very end.
“What matters to me is _____.”
Think about the things that are most important to you. What do you value most? What can you not imagine living without?
Understandably, individuals do not want to lose their abilities due to an accident, illness, or age.  Yet disability is a natural part of the human experience and people adapt.  It is unacceptable that a government program will encourage people to choose death over disability to prevent “unnecessary” hospitalization and save money.
The Conversation Project goes even further in specifically eliciting fears of long term disability and translating them into decisions to forego live-saving treatment:
What to talk about:
Are there circumstances that you would consider worse than death? (Long-term need of a breathing machine or feeding tube, not being able to recognize your loved ones)
What kinds of aggressive treatment would you want (or not want)? (Resuscitation if your heart stops, breathing machine, feeding tube)
When would it be okay to shift from a focus on curative care to a focus on comfort care alone?
There is no indication that the need for such interventions could be either short term or permanent. There is no information on the tens of thousands of disabled individuals who are currently living a fulfilling life while permanently using these devices.
The role of the healthcare professional should be to provide thorough information and support that assists people to adapt to disability. The medical community should never leverage common societal prejudices against disability to persuade people to forego healthcare in order to save money.
The Conversation Project website also holds out the prospect of life in a nursing facility as the only choice a disabled person might have if they become too disabled.  But what about Olmstead and the New York adopted Community First Choice Option that establish the right to home and community based services under Medicaid?  The state should never promote death through refusal of healthcare, rather than home and community based services, as the alternative to institutional placement.
Our conclusion and final recommendation was that the “Conversation Ready” Project must be removed from the Toolkit of projects applicants could select due to the: a) transparent effort to steer safety net community members to sign advance directives that decline lifesaving healthcare and b) extreme bias against people living with disabilities.
On the other hand, we supported the other two palliative care projects and made three recommendations to strengthen those programs:
  • Ensure the provision of information and services relating to the Olmstead decision, Money Follows the Person, and the Community First Choice Option to patients and their families.
  • Ensure the provision of independent living information and services to patients and their families.
  • Require the proposed “quality committees” to include representatives from disability and aging advocacy organizations.
The full comment letter is posted on the NDY website under “Public Policy” activities.
The Conversation Project provides an example of how common fears and prejudices about life with disability are used to steer people to decline healthcare and choose death, but it’s far from the only example.  Those who push these ideas and approaches are usually well meaning, but are ill informed about disability in all the typical ways.  Nevertheless, when New York Medicaid officials openly link this objectionable practice to saving money, we can’t be silent.  In fact, more disability advocates are needed to challenge this anti-disability approach to advance care planning across the country.  We’ve been excluded from “the conversation” for far too long.
P.S.  Thanks to the NY disability organizations that joined in these comments:  Center for Disability Rights, New York Association on Independent Living, Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York,  Westchester Disabled On the Move Inc., Southern Tier Independence Center, Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Independent Living, Inc., Rockland Independent Living Center, AIM Independent Living Center, SKIP of New York, Inc., Harlem Independent Living Center, and Community Service Center of Greater Williamsburg.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

24 May 2014

I just finished reading The Secret Language of Doctors (2014) by Dr. Brian Goldman, a Canadian doctor.  When I spoke of my observations of the medical system I am a troublemaker and am banned for life from all Vancouver Coastal properties even after Randy's death.  But when Dr. Brian Goldman speaks of medical unprofessionalism he is a celebrity.





Monday, May 19, 2014

Why are medical institutions so cruel.

On 5/19/2014 11:01 AM, Audrey Laferriere wrote:

Ron, things are still unsettling for me.  I want my Randy back.  I keep remembering how hard he tried to live.
Have you heard of those of us who had to get a court order to watch our loved ones die.


Yes, there are many who are and have been banned from being at the bedside and it is heartbreaking.  You are not alone in being victimized in this evil way!  It is terribly wrong what they have done, but society is upside down. The culture of death has seized control of the healthcare mechanisms, decision-making and they do what they want and nobody in government wants to stop them.  They are in on it.

from Ron PANZER (search Internet)


Abuse at the Dale

This is why all care workers have to be psychologically tested for sociopathic behavior each six month. This behavior happens at VCH as well.  A few weeks ago two social workers were mocking me and laughing at me, and I am not even a patient.  Why. 

 

Bupa care home staff tormented dementia victims and recorded their 'despicable' acts on their mobile phones

DailyMail on Line

By Chris Brooke

They were elderly, suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s Disease and needed the best possible care at their Bupa nursing home.
Instead the frail residents were bullied, assaulted and terrorised by care workers who recorded their ‘despicable’ behaviour on their mobile phones for fun.
Yesterday the ‘appalling’ video footage of a vulnerable 99-year-old woman and a man of 86 being mistreated by their three carers led to the carers being jailed.
'Despicable acts': Care worker Tanzeela Safdar received the longest sentence of 21 months in jail
Courtroom drama: Jolene Hullah received 18 months in jail, while Paul Poole collapsed in the dock during sentencing
'Despicable acts': Care worker Tanzeela Safdar, left, received the longest sentence of 21 months in jail, while Paul Poole collapsed in the dock during sentencing
The five minutes of blurred video, which was played at Bradford Crown Court, shows the carers laughing at the helpless pensioners, grabbing and poking them, taunting them and shoving phones into their face and mouth.
The elderly man, Kenneth Costigan, has an expression of ‘stark terror’ on his face, and is shown ‘cowering’ and burying his head in his hands in ‘utter despair’.
Courtroom drama: Jolene Hullah received 18 months in jail, while Paul Poole collapsed in the dock during sentencing
Courtroom drama: Jolene Hullah received 18 months in jail, while Paul Poole collapsed in the dock during sentencing
Edith Askham, who died later aged 100, is shown being bullied and treated roughly as she sits helplessly on the floor pleading ‘help me…I am frightened’.
Recorder Richard Mansell, QC, was clearly outraged by the defendants’ actions, which he described as ‘inhuman and degrading’.
The judge said supervisor Paul Poole, 26, and assistant care workers Jolene Hullah, 21, and Tanzeela Safdar, 23, had committed a ‘gross breach of trust’.
Earlier, when it was suggested that Hullah, who was 19 at the time, had not received adequate training, the judge was barely able to conceal his fury commenting: ‘You don’t need training in ordinary human decency.
‘This is a feature that unfortunately seems to be part of general life. The first instinct of people when they do something wrong is to start casting blame elsewhere. This is about taking responsibility for your actions.’
Referring to the victims, the judge said: ‘Although they were elderly and very ill they still had their dignity.
‘Your job was to provide them with a dignified level of care in the last years of their lives. With these despicable acts of abuse you stripped Mr Costigan and Mrs Askham of their dignity for your own amusement and gratification.
‘Of those who sat in court today and watched the video footage from your mobile phones, nobody could have failed to be appalled by your sick conduct.’
The defendants, all from Bradford, each admitted two offences of ill treatment of persons lacking mental capacity. The new offence, carrying a maximum five-year jail term, was created by the 2005 Mental Capacity Act.

Recorder Mansell ignored pleas to spare the defendants from jail. Hullah was sent to prison for 18 months, while Safdar, who was described as the ‘most culpable’, was jailed for 21 months.
Poole, who fainted in the dock, was given 12 months. All will be released after serving half their sentence.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the court the offences took place at the Dales Nursing Home in Bradford between December 2008 and February 2009. The Bupa home specialises in caring for people with dementia.

The victims were ‘particularly vulnerable to abuse’ as they were ‘unlikely to complain’ and had poor short-term memories.
Not to blame: the judge stressed that the owners of the Dales Care Home in Bradford were in no way responsible for the abuse
Not to blame: the judge stressed that the owners of the Dales Care Home in Bradford were in no way responsible for the abuse
The convictions were only made possible because police recovered the damning video footage from the two women’s mobile phones.

Officers were informed after a cousin of Hullah saw the phone clip and went to the nursing home management.

Hullah is believed to have been trying to dispose of the phone when a police officer arrested her.

Several excerpts show Mr Costigan sitting in his room being ‘taunted’ and physically abused by his laughing carers.
Hullah is seen pushing the phone into his face, imitating and teasing him and on another occasion assaulting him.

Mr Sharp said Mr Costigan’s dementia ‘causes him to swear’ and the carers found it funny to provoke his foul-mouthed outbursts.

They put a phone in his mouth and later as he becomes ‘upset and agitated’ Hullah screams at him and ‘pulls at his right thumb in a way that will have induced considerable pain’.

Safdar then ‘tries to grab his nose’ and ‘pushes both her hands into his mouth.’ As a result, Mr Costigan ‘holds his head in his hands and is plainly distressed’, said Mr Sharp.

Poole, the key worker designated with responsibility for his care, watched and failed to intervene.

Another video shows Safdar and another woman mistreating Edith Askham, who suffered from advanced dementia and was incontinent and ‘incoherent’. She is shown sitting on the floor away from her wheelchair and ‘holding out her arms for help’.

Mr Sharp said the carers did nothing to help her, ‘thrust the phone into her face’ and recorded her indignity. The other woman, Hannah Parveen, is believed to have fled to Pakistan.

Hullah later claimed she had just been ‘messing about’ and Safdar said she was just ‘playing around’. Poole claimed he said nothing because he was afraid of retribution from Hullah.

The judge made a point of stressing that the care home owners and management were in no way to blame for what happened.
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

18 May 2014

I wake and walk in a daze of flashbacks of Randy.  I should have fought harder for him.  He tried so hard to get well but they won't let him and then at the end they were going to take him away from me so I wold never be able to see him again.  Rolinda Ang, the manageress of GPC, thought it best that Randy die alone without me.  Where did this woman come from and from whom did she get her instructions.  If someone is dying they should do everything possible to keep the family together NOT ban the wife 100% from seeing him.  What empty and cruel argument theycome up with. .  If we lived in a just society all those responsible should be fired.  Punishing Randy for me protecting him and for  me being over friendly with the residents of that place of death. Most everyone has a DNR and a DNT on them which doesn't give anyone a positive reason for life.  VCH can at least be honest and call it long term palliative care.


Friday, May 16, 2014

16 May 2014

I received Randy's belongings from George Pearson Centre on Wednesday evening.  There were nine boxes and his wheelchair sans seat cushion.  It will take me a few days to psyche myself up to open the boxes.

Typical of GPC it did not provide an inventory although I asked for one.  I hope all of Randy's Steeler clothing is in the boxes.

I meet a woman yesterday who told me of her father and how he was injured at St. Pauls and he died as a result of him being rough handled..  After two years nothing has been resolved except she is afraid of becoming a patient in a hospital.  This isn't the first time I have heard of such fear.

I heard of a new term yesterday:  white law black law.  like white coat black coat .... good law bad law  good medicine bad medicine.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

9 May 2014

I was told that George Pearson Centre had a memorial service for Randy on Wednesday May 7 2014 and I wasn't informed. What harm could I have caused if I attended.

No matter what GPC does, it only makes the situation worse.  Their cruelty will never end. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 8 2014

I am not sure if the 30-day mourning period is suppose to start from the day of death or the day of burial.  It has been a week now since I buried Randy among the uncultured trees and rocks on the Island.  It is the only good memory I have since Randy was forced into care. My Randy couldn't talk or write so he could not defend me as he was a witness to all the cruelty VCH imposed on us.  We are suppose to trust the medical system but it is only propaganda. And cruelty is only in the eyes of the beholder. 

VCH even went so far as to say my actions negatively affected the care that Randy received.  They imprisoned him and they were in the process of having any involvment of mine negated by bringing in the Public Guardian and Trustee so that I would never see him again.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5 2014

Randy is now safe.  He doesn't have to worry about our medical system causing him more harm.  Even to the bitter end I wanted his 100% wool underlay wrap to bury Randy in.  A custom/law in England.  And GPC refused to send it to me.  Since I am not allowed on the premises and I am only allowed to email which Ro or Richard may never answer and did not answer for this request. I was told that Randy's belongings were put in a common area where anyone could rifle through his possessions.  There is a policy that GPC is suppose to respect the dead but it doesn't extend to a person's belongings.

I had an old 100% wool underlay at home which was placed in his pine box.but I wanted his new one.  So now I have to face GPC to get Randy's stuff  without an inventory.  They just want to put it in a cab and that would be the end of it for them.. I do not know if I am even ready to accept Randy's belongings which thought only brings tears to my eyes. 

They made my life and Randy's life a living hell and then they couldn't even give us the wool underlay.
I asked Sam Greenspoon, the social worker,  to drop it over as my place as he is only a few blocks away and he has a car and he has to cross my place each day. Of course by emailing him I was in violation of the trespass notice.

I also wanted them to drop off a new Steelers tee-shirt for including in Randy's pine box so I again had to use an old one. Randy was a Steeler's fan. 


The two days that I was gone, the doggies were very very quiet.  No complaints from the neighbours about them barking.  They just waited for me to come home.  I do not know where I will go if I have to leave this suite as no one will take on two old doggies and one old lady.  Someone outthere who has property should start a doggies foster care so doggies can visit and have a home to go to with a yard. Only the ultra rich seem to be able to afford doggies in the City..

Two weeks ago the big doggie got an infection is his leg and it took $882.00 to cure.  He is okay now but my credit card is at its at its max again. Life is worth it no matter what.  I can go without the history of a book on the star chamber..

I miss my Randy.  He isn't in a better place.  The best place for him is with me.

I am sorry Randy that I did not fight hard enough for you. I had a representation agreement and VCH refused to honour it and I do not know why.  That isn't true, VCH is above the law.  They do what they want so what use is the legislation. All one doctor has to say is a family member is incapable.No one questions the doctor to determine if he is capable. .Beware of the medical legal complex.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

May 2 2014

Randy was buried among the large trees and rocks on the Island..   It was a beautiful day.  Even the ferry boat ride home was positive.

However, today being Friday, I was so exhausted I slept all day.  And when I work up that empty feeling that Randy was gone was still there.

I laid on his grave a bed of baby's breathe (small white floors) layered with carnations.  It looks very appropriate.
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