Disgraced nose-blowing nursing home worker gets job back

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Peterborough, Ont. – The man who is likely the city's most infamous nose blower has his job back.

The St. Joseph's at Fleming worker was caught on camera in April blowing his nose on a set of bed sheets as he changed Camille Parent's mother's bed.

That worker, along with two canoodlers and one woman seen roughly handling Parent's mother as she cleaned and changed her, were all fired when their acts were caught on a hidden camera Parent placed in his 85-year-old mother's bedroom.

One man, caught kissing and hugging his female co-worker, returned to work earlier this month.

The Peterborough Examiner learned Tuesday that the man who blew his nose on a set of bed sheets before putting them on the bed was cleared to return to work by a provincial arbitrator after appealing his job termination.

"I feel like crying," a frustrated Parent said Tuesday afternoon. "I don't know what to say."

Parent believes the reason for firing four employees was downplayed, and that's why at least two people are getting their jobs back despite their behaviour.

The fact that the nose blower will likely return to his spot in his mother's ward adds insult to injury, Parent said.

But Parent was quick to assure the man, and staff, that he wasn't interested in exchanging angry words with the individual.

"But I'll tell you one thing, it'll be very uncomfortable," Parent said.

Nor does the decision do much to assure Parent that his mother is safe in the Brealey Dr. facility.

He blamed the province, saying that the government's lax policies and standards have led to injuries, sexual assaults and even death in long-term care facilities across the province.

He's currently in the process of finding a new facility for his mother, who suffers from dementia.

He also blamed the arbitration system, and said the decision to give employees their jobs back sets a dangerous precedent for bad behaviour.

Those employees, he said, should be ashamed to ask for their positions back.

"They really don't feel like they've done anything wrong," he said.

Parent has started a website, ontariocares.org, and is raising money to advocate for better oversight of long-term care facilities. The website can be found here.


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