December 1, 2017 6:14 pm

Ontario lifts order halting admissions to Woodstock nursing home at centre of murder probe

A woman walks into the Caressant Care facility in Woodstock, Ontario on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.


The province is lifting an order issued to the Woodstock nursing home where Elizabeth Wettlaufer admitted to killing seven elderly patients in her care.

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In late January, Caressant Care was ordered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to temporarily stop admitting new patients following a series of inspections. Few details were released but the directive stated the reason for stopping admissions as “risk of harm” to residents.

On Friday, the Woodstock facility issued a media release announcing it’s been cleared to start admitting new patients again as of Monday, Dec. 4.

“The outpouring of support we have received has truly been touching,” said manager of corporate communications Lee Griffi.

“We will never forget the people who have stood by us through a very difficult time.”

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Griffi added that the nursing home will be working closely with the Placement Team at the South West Local Integration Network to ensure a smooth admission process.

Wettlaufer, a former nurse, was sentenced in June to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years for the murders of eight elderly patients in her care.

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Seven of those murders occurred while Wettlaufer was working at Caressant Care.

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