Allegations of elder neglect follow senior’s trip to Calgary Stampede

WATCH ABOVE: As Tracy Nagai reports the daughters of the 84 year old woman hospitalized are still searching for answers

CALGARY – Two women are demanding answers after their 84-year-old mother had to be hospitalized following a nursing home day trip to the Calgary Stampede.

Irene Britton went to the Stampede with other residents from the Father Lacombe Care Centre on Tuesday. Britton has been hospitalized at Rockyview General Hospital since Wednesday.

Britton’s daughter, Cheryl Biblow, said her mother became sunburned while on an outing to the Stampede and was not permitted to use the bathroom for what Biblow said was a four-hour trip. The family believes this led to a bladder infection which spread to her burns, causing blisters and swelling in one eye.

“When I went (to the Rockyview) I didn’t even recognize my own mother,” said Biblow.

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Biblow claims Britton was supervised by a volunteer on the outing, not a Father Lacombe care giver or employee. Britton is mostly paralyzed on her left side and needs help going to the washroom.

AHS spokesperson Don Stewart said a registered nurse will conduct a site visit and policy review of the Father Lacombe Care Centre to “ensure that quality of care is being provided.”

The Father Lacombe Centre, which is privately-owned, said it launched its own investigation into the cause of Britton’s injuries. CEO Raymond Cormie said the infection could be “related to a medical condition that could mimic a sunburn,” but denied that Britton had a bladder infection because “lab results came back negative.”

 But Biblow isn’t satisfied and is calling for change to nursing home standards.

“I have small children and if I dropped them off at a daycare and picked them up like that, that would be unacceptable.”


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