Monday, July 4, 2011

Caregivers need information

It took 5 RCMP officers, and pepper spray, to capture this man know to prey on females.

Terrence Saddleback, targeted women, had mental health issues.
Declared by the courts not fit to stand trial. He weighs about 250 lbs. had attacked a woman before, in a LTC facility. 
Caregivers in Camrose should have been warned. The man needed a better placement than LTC. He needed a lockdown facility, yet people are so frightened of trampling on care recipient's rights.

risk assessment 
A PSW registry needs to go both ways. We are so concerned with Elder Abuse, that staff in LTC go unprotected.

Report warned of patient's violent behaviour  Man was charged with killing caregiver 18 months after risk assessment 

By Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal
June 29, 2011  

Olmstead filed his report Aug. 25, 2009, 18 months before a colleague found Canadian Mental Health Association worker Valerie Wolski dead in
Saddleback's Camrose home on Feb. 13, 2011. Wolski, 41, had been

A risk assessment completed more than a year before Saddleback allegedly strangled his caregiver to death says the 26-year-old was “unpredictable” and that staff should have access to a “locked panic room” where they can take refuge when he became violent.

Caregiver not warned of danger on MSN Video days ago
A 2008 report warned that a mentally disabled Alberta man, later accused of killing his mental health worker, posed a threat to anyone who cared for him.


Ruth Clark / Fashion Moves said...

I too am a caregiver, working alone in the Client's home. While I am not concerned for my life, I am concerned about injury due to inappropriate tasks being assigned.
In another position I had a few years ago I worked with a man who had a history of sexual inappropriatness.
Both of these positions were funded by the local office of the B.C. Ministry of Health under a programme in which the client administers the funds themselves.
My question relates to ultimate responcibility. In cases where a caregiver is injured, or killed, what responcibility is carried by the agency that oversees and funds the care?
Thank you
Ruth Clark

Jenn Jilks said...

Excellent question, Ruth.

I would imagine it ultimately rests with you.
You must be vocal in protecting yourself. You must be aware of your Scope of Practice. Do you have training? Do you belong to a union of any kind?
I know that volunteers are only permitted to do certain things. Yet, if a volunteer is working with a friend/neighbour, as many do, we are often asked to do things beyond our Scope of Practice. We must protect ourselves in the case of a two-person lift, you cannot risk your health.
My late father demanded hubby move him, hubby put his back out for two years, and will never recover.

We cannot do lifts, any nursing work, give medications, etc., nor should we move into the realm of YOUR scope as paid caregiver.