Statement on Oakview Place abuse investigation
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Tuesday, September 13, 2022
We were informed by the Winnipeg Police Service today that it has arrested two health care aides that were the subject of an investigation into abuse at Extendicare Oakview Place.
The allegations were first brought to light to WRHA leadership by a whistleblower in June. At that time, the WRHA took immediate action to address the situation including contacting Winnipeg Police.
WRHA team members continue to work closely with Extendicare to provide support to the home for regular and routine consults. Leaders also continue to visit the home regularly to identify and mitigate any risks, and to ensure that resident care is what is expected of our care homes.
The alleged actions of these two staff are not a reflection of the values or the safe, compassionate and quality care the vast majority of personal care home workers provide every day.
We also want to re-iterate that we are very grateful for the courage of the staff members who came forward to report these allegations. Because of those actions, the allegations are now being dealt with appropriately. At this time, the two staff members remain on leave.
We once again want to extend our thoughts and concerns to the residents and families involved.
We are thankful to the Winnipeg Police for their dedication and thorough investigation into this matter. We will continue to work with all partners regarding any and all ongoing investigations including the Protection for Persons in Care office.