We must make the el­derly a pri­or­ity

RE: Res­i­dent beaten at St. Joseph’s Villa (Feb. 3)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I have two dear friends whose par­ents have also been at­tacked in lo­cal nurs­ing homes; one at the Villa, the other at a f acil­ity in Wa­ter­down. It is an ou­trage that our most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety (and their fam­i­lies) have to live out their days in fear of their safety in the care of those we hope to be ex­pert and com­pas­sion­ate care­givers. Con­sid­er­ing the ridicu­lously high prices it costs for th­ese fa­cil­i­ties, could own­ers/op­er­a­tors not af­ford at least a se­cu­rity guard to pa­trol the halls while long-term plans are put in place? Good­ness knows how long it will take our le­gions of bu­reau­crats to come up with a so­lu­tion. We must make the el­derly a pri­or­ity NOW! I will never for­get that poor man’s face. Ku­dos to the fam­ily for shar­ing their heart­break­ing story. Now let’s do some­thing to fix this. Con­nie Smith, An­caster

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