Rogue retirement home (hopefully) shut down.

It’s hard to believe, but the In Touch retirement home continues to operate.  Now, Elaine Lindo, its operator, is again facing jail time.

In Touch is in the beautiful Tyrrell house at King and Rosemount. But while the outside is gorgeous, the inside is a nightmare.

The In Touch retirement home was exposed as abusive and disgusting in 2010 by an undercover Toronto Star operation. The Star found

People left in urine and feces-filled diapers for hours. Washrooms with no toilet paper so residents, some suffering from dementia, wiped themselves with their hands or a flimsy communal towel. No stimulation. Bad food. Poorly trained and underpaid staff, with just one on duty overnight.

A resident wandered away earlier this year and was later found dead.

Lindo has been punished by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority almost every year since 2013. In 2015, she was given 15 days in jail. In January of 2019, she was found to be breaching her probation.

On June 3, Lindo “was ordered by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to vacate and stop the operation of an illegal retirement home by June 7”.

Lindo told the court that she was the subject of racial and religious discrimination. She saidher spiritual beliefs had prompted her to help the homeless.”

In Touch retirement home back in the news

A coroner’s investigation of the In Touch retirement home in Weston has determined that the recent deaths there were not a result of neglect or abuse, even though a Toronto Star investigation last year found residents “residents left in diapers for hours or on the floor where they fell.”

The coroner’s report, according to the Star, has found that four questionable deaths at the In Touch retirement home were not a result of the awful conditions:

Released yesterday, the coroner’s report found the first three deaths due to “natural disease processes,” caused by the following:

Henderson died of complications from C-difficile, due to antibiotics for pneumonia. C-difficile is a highly infectious bacteria that kills many elderly residents of nursing homes, retirement homes or hospitals.

Farrell suffered from advanced dementia which hampered her ability to eat.

Dineno suffered from acute diarrhea and likely from ischemic colitis, which involves inflammation of the bowels.

And Vachon’s choking death was deemed accidental.