A Brandon man whose wife died following a short stay at Fairview Personal Care Home in 2017 is suing Fairview Personal Care Home and Prairie Mountain Health, which operates the care home.
Hugh Davis told The Brandon Sun in August that his wife Sharen was healthy when he dropped her off at Fairview Personal Care Home in September 2017 for a 25-day respite stay so he could get away for a while.
A Type 2 diabetic, Sharen had a number of health issues, including suffering two strokes. She required 24-hour care after being diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2015.
By the time she returned home Oct. 3, Sharen was noticeably uncomfortable and had sores on her body.
Her health continued to decline, and she was rushed to the emergency room on Oct. 12. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, kidney failure and Klebsiella pneumonia — an infection often picked up in personal care homes or hospitals — and placed in palliative care.
She died 17 days later, on Oct. 29, 2017.
"As a result of Fairview’s conduct, Sharen suffered from multiple medical illnesses, the particulars of which will be proven at trial, which led to her pain, suffering and ultimately her untimely death, the particulars of which will be proven at trial," the statement of claim filed Aug. 19 by Davis and other family members reads.
"When Hugh confronted Fairview staff, they acted evasively, refused to show Sharen’s chart, denied liability without conducting a proper inquest, attempted to shift blame to Hugh, minimized the significance of Sharen’s ailments, and generally did not act as would be reasonably expected from a publicly funded body."
Davis said in August he hadn’t heard anything from either investigators with the province’s Protection of Persons in Care office since notifying them of his wife’s death, nor from Prairie Mountain Health since a meeting in December 2017 with Shannon Webber, PMH’s director of personal care home programs.
The family is seeking unspecified compensation for damages and costs.
PMH would not comment Tuesday on the statement of claim as it is now before the courts.
When contacted Tuesday, Davis declined to comment on the advice of his lawyer.
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