One of Weston’s most remarkable—and controversial—buildings is up for sale. 64 King, home to In Touch Retirement, is on the market for $3.76 million.
In Touch Retirement made the news in 2010, in 2014, and 2015 when the Toronto Star sent an undercover reporter to document deplorable conditions at the facility. The operator, Elaine Lindo, went to jail for 15 days in 2015 for failing to follow regulations.
64 King was home to the storied Tyrrell family, including Joseph Tyrell, after whom the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller is named.
Elaine Lindo, the operator of the scandalous In Touch retirement home at the corner of Rosemount and King has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for “repeatedly flouting orders”.
In deciding on incarceration for Elaine Lindo, owner-operator of In Touch Retirement, Justice of the Peace Mindy Avrich-Skapinker noted Lindo had already been fined $10,000 by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, which had no effect. Lindo is appealing that “administrative fine,” and has kept on operating as a retirement home, the court heard.
The Star reports that the In Touch retirement home, in the beautiful mansion at the corner of Rosemount and King, has been ordered to close. Again. This time, though, they really mean it. The owner, Elaine Lindo, has been ordered to close the home by today.
In Touch has been a disaster for years. The Star exposed abuse and neglect there in 2010, and the case led to reforms of the retirement home industry. In Touch (now called Rosemount Place) was denied a license. The first, and only, prosecution the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority has brought was against In Touch.
The RHRA says that In Touch abused residents and recruited homeless people in exchange for their pensions. One resident, they say, slept in the hall, on a loveseat. At least one resident went missing.
In Touch, the RHRA says, also provided medication illegally, had untrained staff, and offered care for residents with dementia when it was not equipped to do so, among other serious infractions.
The Toronto Star says that the In Touch retirement home is operating illegally, and the owner, Elaine Lindo, faces a $25,000 fine and a year in jail.
In Touch, now called “Rosemount Place and The Brick House” is at the corner of Rosemount and King, and was first in the news in 2010 for failing to care for its clients. Dale Brazao, a Star reporter, went undercover and found “profound neglect”: residents left in diapers for hours, feces-stained towels, puddles of urine. There were also previous allegations of assault.
Following the story, the Ontario government regulated nursing homes. Lindo is now facing charges that she is operating without a license.
As the reporter was leaving, Lindo handed her a pamphlet touting the “exceptional service” offered at Rosemount Place, including three delicious and nutritious hot meals per day, healthy snacks and full housekeeping services.