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B.C. seniors advocate weighs in after death of Kelowna woman, 90, following care-home incident

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Raise concerns if something isn’t right.

That’s the advice a B.C. seniors advocate is giving after the death of a 90-year-old Kelowna woman following a care-home incident just before Christmas.

On December 18, Kelowna RCMP said an altercation happened between two seniors in a care home. The woman was treated in hospital for undisclosed injuries but died the next day after her release.

“The Kelowna RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are continuing their investigation,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said on Thursday.

Isobel Mackenzie, a seniors advocate for the province of B.C., called it “a very tragic incident.”

“It’s traumatic for a lot of people,” Mackenzie said in an interview with Global News. “And it’s also very often devastating on the staff.


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“This type of incident is rare, but it does happen.”

She added that seniors in care homes are “overwhelmingly safe and secure in the facility they’re in.”

“The best thing that a family member can do is pick up the phone and talk to their loved one, or go in and visit their loved one if they can, and talk to them about their life in the care home,” she said.

“If those family members sense that something is not as it should be, they should be raising those concerns.”

Mackenzie says the Office of the Seniors Advocate for B.C. tracks aggression incidents in care homes.

“In a given year, there are roughly 425 to 450 reported incidents of resident-to-resident aggression that resulted in a degree of harm,” said Mackenzie. “And the degree of harm that needs to occur is one that requires first aid and/or a trip to a hospital. You don’t necessarily have to go to the hospital, but you would have needed some kind of first aid.

Those 425 incidents occur in a population of 27,000 residents, with more than half of facilities reporting no incidents in a given year, she said.

“So it does happen. It’s not prolific.”

Mackenzie said a survey of care homes and family members of people in care homes in B.C. found that 88 per cent of residents said they felt safe.

“But here’s the other interesting thing: We asked family members, ‘Have you seen residents behave aggressively in the home?’ And almost half of them, 46 per cent, said they have seen residents behave aggressively in the home. … Whether they result in harm to another person, that’s another step, but they are seeing some of these behaviours.”

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Mackenzie said they also asked family members if staff in the care home handled aggressive behaviours appropriately, and 88 per cent said yes, they did.

“When they happen, for the most part, although not exclusively, staff are able to defuse the situation and not escalate the aggression.”

Mackenzie also said “you can’t always predict when or who might become aggressive.”

“What you’re seeing is someone who might have been a passive person all their life,” she said. “Because of the neurological changes that are happening as a result of the disease, they can become aggressive.

“And you don’t know they’re going to be aggressive until the first time they become aggressive. So that’s part of the challenge.”

Mackenzie said how staff work with aggressive behaviours can defuse the situation to a large extent, and that there are some environmental conditions that will create opportunities for aggression. She also noted that there are links, albeit not strong, between staffing levels and incidents of aggression.

“The only one that had a strong correlation was if they have a diagnosis of aggressive behaviour issues,” said Mackenzie. “They are far more likely to engage in an incident of resident-to-resident aggression.

“We know that males are more likely than females (to engage in aggression). We know that younger residents are more likely than older residents, in part because they are more mobile.”

Mackenzie also noted that time of day has some impact, with the highest spike being between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mackenzie would like that time window narrowed, as “there’s a lot happening between 4 and 8 p.m.: getting dinner and going to bed.”


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This type of incident isn’t the leading cause of concerns from seniors in care homes.

“What we hear from seniors in the Okanagan is, first and foremost, some issues about being able to stay at home before they have to go into a care home,” Mackenzie said. “Are supports and services available, or more precisely not available to them as they would like and need. And for some people, there are issues around access to the appropriate kind of care facility they would like to be in.

“In the Interior, you sometimes see people placed in a facility further away from home than you might see if they lived in a city like Vancouver or Victoria, where there are more facilities.

“And within facilities, it’s basically split 50-50. About half the people are very happy and about half the people are not so happy. And so we hear usually from the people and family members who are not so happy. And the kinds of things we hear about are that they would like more help, they want to get baths more frequently, they want better interaction with people.”

Mackenzie added that all of the care homes that are contracted by Interior Health are funded at 3.15 hours of care per resident per day. The goal is 3.36 hours within two years.

“At the end of the day, this incident could have happened in any care home with any population,” Mackenzie said. “We are monitoring how often these incidents occur. We are looking at training of staff to ensure that we put everything in place that we can to make our care homes as safe and secure as possible.

“But, at the end of the day, we’re talking about human behaviour that can be unpredictable.”

For more about the Office of the Seniors Advocate for B.C., click here.



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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