CALGARY – Three Filipina caregivers were recently charged with physical abuse against an elderly man in a seniors' community in Calgary.
Maria Dumo, Angelina Borja and May Casimero were each charged with one count of common assault.
The three were immediately fired after the incident.
"In early February of this year, the family of the man in residential care approached police with concerns of physical abuse by staff. The man is a resident of Carewest Garrison Green in southwest Calgary. The allegations were investigated by the Calgary Police Service Elderly Abuse Response Team with the full support of the care facility working with partners such as Alberta Health, Protection for Care Office," said Staff Sergeant Ryan Ayliffe, spokesperson of the Calgary Police Service.
Ayliffe added that the injuries sustained by the elderly were not serious and did not require hospital treatment.
"But they definitely meet the threshold of common assault," he said.
Balitang Canada tried to get a statement from Carewest Health Care Provider but the company declined saying charges have been laid and the matter is before the courts.
In a statement, Carewest said they remain "committed to providing quality care to their residents and clients in a safe, compassionate and respectful manner."
Filipinos were surprised some of their kababayans were involved in the incident.
Sherissa Celis works with seniors for the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. She said elder abuse is very broad and can be defined in many ways, adding not giving the proper medication would even constitute elder abuse in nursing homes, aside from physical and verbal abuses.
"Iyung mga health care aides mas gusto nila ang mga Pinoy because there is this what you call tender, loving care when it comes to how you treat your patients. I feel so sad because they are our kababayan but I think this is just an isolated case and they haven't been proven guilty and so let's not condemn them yet," said Celis.
Balitang Canada tried to get the side of the accused but no interviews are being done until after their court appearance.
The three Filipinas have been "released on a promise to appear in court on April 23."