Staff shortages causing issues for patients at public long-term care facilities

Not enough employees, too many patients, and sub-par treatment, that's what the wife of an ill man says is happening at a public long-term care facility.

Patricia Beckford tells CTV Montreal that the treatment her husband receiving at Ile Bizard’s Denis-Benjamin-Viger Centre is "unacceptable."

“This is not human – this is inhumane, this is not right,” Beckford said.

Her husband, Richard Beckford, suffered a heart attack six years ago. An ambulance arrived over 20-minutes after the 911 call was made.

His brain was deprived of oxygen, causing permanent damage.

She says staff often leave her husband in soiled diapers, "They leave (Richard) up in his chair 8-12 hours a day, and during this time he is not changed. He is sitting in urine and feces soaked diapers."

“They’re human beings, but they’re treated worse than animals,” she said.

Ile Bizard’s Denis-Benjamin-Viger Centre currently employs eight nurses during the day, and three at night. 

The centre has 125 patients.

This leaves each nurse to take care of 15-16 patients during the day. At night, the three nurses have to care for 41 patients each.

With files from CTV Montreal.