Allegations of elder abuse at Lions Prairie Manor raised in Legislature

Updated 5:35 p.m.

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Treating our Elders with Dignity – Report Final


Liberal health critic tables report in Question Period of alleged abuse at Lions Prairie Manor. Government spokesman confirms incidents are under investigation.

Mickey Dumont

The Portage Citizen —

A number of Portage la Prairie family members are en route to the Manitoba Legislature right now to ask in Question Period if Manitoba Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Kelvin Goertzen, will meet with them about allegations of seniors being traumatized by inhumane and neglectful treatment in the Lions Prairie Manor.

In Question Period today, Liberal Health Critic Jon Gerrard tabled a report outlining seven horrific accounts of seniors being allegedly being traumatized at the manor.

“The Protection for Persons in Care Office is in the process of investigating these allegations thoroughly to determine if they constitute abuse or neglect under The Protection for Persons in Care Act,” a government spokesperson said late Thursday afternoon. “These investigations are confidential, as they contain personal health information, so we’re unable to share any further details on the investigation. The findings of investigations will be shared with the facility, regional health authority management, patients and/or their families as appropriate.”

Gerrard met and interviewed family members with close relatives in the Lions Prairie Manor at a “Healthcare Check Up” public meeting in Portage la Prairie last week.

Three of those family members who contributed to the report by sharing their story are travelling to the Manitoba legislature today to request a meeting with Minister Goertzen.

Kelvin Goertzen Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living
Manitoba Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Kelvin Goertzen. Government photo

“In Question Period Gerrard will table his report and inform Minister Goertzen several families from Portage la Prairie are in the public gallery and would the minister take time to meet with them today,” Craig Larkins, Manitoba Liberal Caucus, Director of Caucus Communications, said prior to Question Period. “It’s all dependent of whether Minister Goertzen accepts the meeting…it’s at his discretion, if he meets with them or not,” Larkins said.

Editor — This story will be updated as concerned parties — the family members interviewed in the report, Lions Prairie Manor management and government officials — have a chance to return phone messages and emails.

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