U.S. seniors’ homes racked by allegations of neglect, deaths — Canadian connection

U.S. affiliate of Central Park Lodges Ltd. surrenders facilities, banned for 20 years in Washington state

A U.S. long-term care operator with links to Canada’s largest private, for-profit nursing home empire has surrendered operation of three seniors’ care facilities and has been banned from carrying out business in the state of Washington for 20 years because of abysmal care conditions.

According to news services, state regulators took action after the AmeriPark Lodges Corp. was involved in three deaths and 100 cases of resident neglect and carelessness at three of its facilities south of the border. The Globe & Mail reports that Ameripark is linked to Central Park Lodges Ltd., Canada’s largest private, for-profit operator of long-term care facilities.

The highly profitable CPL, which is controlled by the Toronto-based Reichmann family, owns eight B.C. long-term care facilities and operates a seniors’ retirement complex in Kelowna.

“Examples like this underline the need to bring in strong, enforceable standards that clearly set out minimum levels of care” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “We need strong measures like this to protect ourselves against the interest of corporations that put bottom-line profits ahead of front-line care.”

CPL was in the news late last year over reports of cutbacks and poor caring conditions at its Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver. In a news article, residents’ families called on the B.C. government to implement regulations to make sure corporations didn’t cut corners on care to boost profit margins. HEU, which represents caregivers at the facility, supports efforts to more closely regulate private, for profit long-term care facilities in B.C.