Courtenay, B.C. (Toronto Star) – Earlier this year, Delores Broten and others wrote letter after letter complaining about the treatment of their loved ones in a chain of B.C. retirement homes.
But they didn’t bother addressing any letters to the owners of the company.
“It would’ve been a waste of postage,” said the 71-year-old Broten in February.
That’s because the company that runs her husband’s care home is owned by the government of China.
“Of course, the Chinese government sees the homes as just one of their many global investment holdings,” she said.
Broten’s letters, addressed to officials with the provincial and federal governments, did not mention concerns about COVID-19. At the time, the deadly virus had not yet begun its rampage through Canadian seniors homes.
But even before coronavirus, Broten alleges that her 85-year-old husband, Don, suffered the ramifications of serious understaffing and mismanagement at Comox Valley Seniors Village, a private seniors home on Vancouver Island. It’s one of 21 senior-care facilities run by Retirement Concepts, the largest chain of private retirement homes in B.C.