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George Pearson Centre Is The Problem, Not The Solution–Updated


By Paul Caune and Victor Schwartzman

George Pearson Centre residents on their “home”: ” The building is old and one problem crops up after another. Residents share bedrooms and bathrooms and few get any privacy — imagine having 30 roommates! It’s designed and run like a hospital — acute care style…which as you can imagine doesn’t merge well with basic human desires for independence, privacy and home.” –April 19, 2013 http://www.pearsonresidents.org/uncategorized/announcement

Life in GPC

Imagine living for the rest of your life where the government decides when you’ll have a bowel movement, watches you 24 hours a day and intimidates you into silence. This is life in 2012 for residents of the George Pearson Centre (GPC) http...

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Vancouver Coastal Health tells GPC residents “we’re here to serve you”–eventhough we’ve neglected you for decades

Before reading the below minutes of a Nov/2011 meeting between Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) Executives and some residents of George Pearson Centre (GPC) we recommend you study http://civilrightsnow.ca/2010/10/george-pearson-centre-isnt-a-prison-says-bcgeu-bs-says-the-evidence/ and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IeduY3UFNMA first.




Tuesday November 8th, 2011

3:00pm Special Events Room


Residents: 26 residents attended

CARMA: Taz (Chair), Heather, Shannon, Sarah

Guests: VCH CEO Dr. David Ostrow and VCH COO Mary Ackenhusen


CALL TO ORDER:  3:05pm

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Approval of Minutes tabled




Chair: Welcome to our guests...

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BC Ministry of Health response to evidence of bullying & neglect at George Pearson Centre

On May 25 2010 Civil Rights Now! sent this email to BC Health Minister Michael de Jong:

The Quality of Care at VCH’s George Pearson Centre

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:55 PM
“Civil rights Now” civilrightsnow@yahoo.ca
Cc:”David [CORP]Ostrow” <David.Ostrow@vch.ca>, mary.ackenhusen@vch.ca, “Linda Rose” <lindaj.rose@vch.ca>, “Marion” <marion.biln@vch.ca>, “IF Project” <ifproject@bccpd.bc.ca>, “Jane Dyson (BCCPD)” <jwd@bccpd.bc.ca>, Mike.Farnworth.MLA@leg.bc.ca, adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca
 Dear Minister de Jong:I writing you about the quality of care residents of George Pearson Centre are receiving from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

In 2008 a report by a program funded by Vancouver Coastal Health stated:


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“We’re in a prison here”: states current resident of George Pearson Centre

In 2008 a report by a program funded by Vanouver Coastal Health stated:
“Residents [of George Pearson Centre] under­stood the need for a routine within GPC but many criticized the inflexibility of it. Residents consistently gave three examples in which the routine challenged the reality of GPC as home: being able to have a bath or shower more than once a week; being able to go back to bed for a rest and then get up again during the day; and having to remain in bed on days when they were to have a bowel routine. Residents wanted a greater degree of control over these aspects of their lives. They described these three things as being pretty basic and that they were really about having some control over your own life...
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The on-going bullying & neglect at George Pearson Centre

Please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeduY3UFNMA and fast forward to 4:33 and watch to 10:03 to see current residents of Vancouver Coastal Health’s George Pearson Centre describe being bullied and neglected by Pearson’s staff.
As Civil Rights Now! demonstrated here http://civilrightsnow.ca/2010/10/george-pearson-centre-isnt-a-prison-says-bcgeu-bs-says-the-evidence/ the residents of Pearson have been bullied and neglected by its staff for decades and Vancouver Coastal Health and its predecessors have most of the time taken the side of the bullies.
Obviously the residents of Pearson are not citizens of a free and democratic society.
This is what Civil Rights Now is fighting to stop.
Please forward this post to your networks.

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“He did not dare complain while at George Pearson for fear that those who took care of him would make it worse. That’s an unspoken understanding all patients realize very soon.”



TO: Shannon Berg, Executive Director, Home and Community Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority & CRCWG

RE: Resident and Family Workshops Community Engagement Report


Dear Ms Berg:

In your April 6, 2011 letter to Family and Resident Workshop Participants of which I was one you stated:

“The feedback you have contributed will be used by the Complex Residential Care Working Group (CRCWG) to inform improvements to how residents and family voice is gathered, heard and utilized to improve the quality of life and care for residents in facilities. In the next 2 months the CRCWG will use your feedback and recommendations to work with facilities to implement and enhance resident and family involvement within facilities.”

After analyzing the Resident and Family Workshops Com...

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George Pearson Centre has no place in a democracy

In December 2009 BC’s Ombudsman concluded after an investigation of this province’s residential care facilities:

1) The Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport have not adequately identified the province’s commitment to care and the rights of seniors in residential care facilities.

2) The Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport have not ensured that adequate information about residential care facilities is publicly available in an accessible format that allows seniors and their families to plan for and make informed decisions about residential care. (Best of Care.)

The province of BC has never felt a commitment to protect the rights of people in residential care facilities and much prefers citizens make misinformed cho...

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The evidence that proves George Pearson Centre does more harm than good

George Pearson Centre is a 120-bed institution administered by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Civil Rights Now! has collected these anecdotes, newspaper articles, excepts from reports and tidbits about George Pearson Centre. The evidence shows that on balance Pearson does more harm than good.

The “I” in a few of the anecdotes is Paul Caune, Executive Director, Civil Rights Now!

Bolding is Civil Rights Now!

Read everything carefully and make an evidence-based conclusion. Or as Groucho Marx once said, “Who you going to believe me or your own eyes?”

For an analysis of much of below go to http://civilrightsnow.ca/2012/03/george-pearson-centre-is-the-problem-not-the-solution/

1952: The Pearson Tuberculosis Hospital opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...

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