The Tyee looks at Beacon Hill Villa
by Tom Sandborn
Everyone involved agrees that something went terribly wrong at the Beacon Hill Villa, a Victoria care home for fragile seniors. But key players in the province’s political scene are drawing different conclusions about what should happen next.
The health minister says that the reported patient abuse and deaths represent an isolated problem that is being adequately dealt with, while the NDP opposition is calling for a sweeping investigation of the entire corporate chain of homes run by the Villa’s owner, Vancouver’s Retirement Concepts.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 12, assistant deputy chief coroner Jeff Dolan announced that his office was re-opening the file on the death of a 91-year-old woman at the Victoria facility in 2004.
Health Minister George Abbott insisted that he had no intention of launching an inquiry into the Retirement Concepts chain. “We have no concerns with the great majority of Retirement Concepts outlets,” Abbott told The Tyee. “It’s not appropriate to come in with an investigation just because they are privately owned. The NDP seems to have some sort of vendetta against Retirement Concepts.”
The Tyee has learned of complaints of poor care at other Retirement Concepts facilities in B.C., including one 2006 instance in Summerland in which the health authority froze admissions for six weeks and appointed a government clinical manager until problems were resolved.