Elder Care at Issue in Manitoba


It was revealed yesterday by CBC that several Manitoba families are taking part in a lawsuit against Revera Inc, an Ontario based company that owns and manages over 500 senior care home locations across North America. The families affected allege that their loved ones have had their health and well-being compromised over the years they have been cared for at the senior care homes; a potential infringement of human rights which all Canadians are guaranteed. In their statements of claim, family members allege that their loved ones have contracted debilitating conditions such as scabies, were not sufficiently fed or hydrated, and lived in unsanitary conditions. Despite these claims, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) disputes this and highlights that Revera’s homes have consistently met or exceeded any of its care requirements [1].

Nonetheless, this is not the first time that Revera Inc has been in the spotlight regarding alleged human rights infringements. In 2017, Daniel Weger, a Winnipeg man, alleged that Charleswood Care Centre, a property owned by Revera, discriminated against him on the basis of his weight; something which the Human Rights Commission claims falls into the realm of physical disability. Weger, who was unable to leave his bed for four months claimed that Charleswood Care Centre did not have a lift that will allow him to leave his bed. In response to Weger’s claim, Revera responded that they are able to accommodate patients of all weight. However, little is known about the outcome of this case [2].

In light of these claims, it is important that seniors and their family members are aware of what standards senior care homes must meet and the rights that patients have. In Manitoba, care homes have a scheduled inspection every two years with several intermittent impromptu inspections. During these inspections, some of the 26 standards laid out by the Manitoba government are reviewed. If a home meets 80% of these standards, they are said to have passed. If a home fails to meet these standards, they must outline and integrate a plan to improve their home so that it meets the standards laid out by the province. In addition, families of those in care should be aware of the Bill of Rights which guarantees certain rights to patients in senior care homes in the province of Manitoba [3].


For more information on these standards and what rights seniors in care have in the province of Manitoba, please click here to see The Health Services Insurance Act, 2005. 

[1] Hoye, Bryce. ’Families sue care homes, alleging neglect contributed to death of loved ones’, (2019), online: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/revera-care-home-lawsuits-manitoba-1.4960056.

[2] Caruk, Holly. ‘‘This isn’t living, this is existing’ says Winnipeg man who hasn’t been out of bed in 4 months’, (2017), online: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/obese-daniel-weger-winnipeg-regional-health-authority-1.4158662.

[3] Personal Care Home Standards [2013]. Online: http://www.wrha.mb.ca/ltc/pch/files/MBHealthStandards.pdf.