Kamloops this Week - Emily Houston

Province files lawsuit against Kamloops nursing home

Province files lawsuit against Kamloops nursing home operator for deadly 2015 assault

  • Jan. 3, 2018 4:36 p.m.

Kamloops this Week

The provincial government has filed a lawsuit against the operator of a Kamloops nursing home after an altercation between two residents in 2015 turned deadly.

Emily Houston was 84 when she died at Royal Inland Hospital following an incident in which a fellow Kamloops Seniors Village resident pushed her to the ground, breaking her hip, neck and finger.

A subsequent BC Coroners report found Houston died as a result of the injuries sustained in the July 5, 2015, attack, which was perpetrated by a man identified in court papers as “the offending resident.”

According to a notice of claim filed this week by Victoria in B.C. Supreme Court, Houston’s family made multiple complaints to staff at Kamloops Seniors Village about residents entering her room.

In June 2015, one of Houston’s daughters complained about a man entering her mother’s room. According to the court document, she “was told that the offending resident ‘liked to wander.’”

At least five other relatives of Houston complained to the facility’s staff in June 2015, according to the document, about the offending resident entering Houston’s room.

“Following the June 2015 complaints, KS [Kamloops Seniors] Village knew, or ought to have known, that the offending resident posed a threat to the safety and wellbeing of Ms. Houston,” the province’s notice of claim states.

On the day of the attack, according to the document, the offending resident entered Houston’s room and took one of her belongings before exiting.

“Ms. Houston followed the offending resident and asked that he return her belongings,” the document claims. “In response, the offending resident assaulted Ms. Houston by striking and pushing her to the ground.”

Houston died in hospital 10 days later.

The government is looking to have PR Seniors Housing, which operated Kamloops Seniors Village, cover the cost of treating Houston for the 10 days prior to her death, with interest.

Calls for comment to PR Seniors Housing were not returned. The company has 21 days to file a response to the government’s notice of claim.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

More tips for a very green Christmas

‘Tis the season for gifts, lights, trees, and delicious dinners! Whether you’re… Continue reading

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

A vehicle incident has closed Highway 1 in both directions

Mt Cartier Court gifted a wheelchair accessible bus

Mount Cartier Court has been gifted a brand new, top of the… Continue reading

The cost of Christmas light displays

BC Hydro talks incandescent versus LEDs

Snow warning: Bad for the highways, great for the ski hills

Get your ski gear ready as area mountains are ready for you to enjoy all the Interior winter has to offer this season.

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Retired B.C. teacher a YouTube Sudoku sensation

A retired Kelowna teacher has amassed quite the following online by teaching the art of solving a Sudoku puzzle.

UN chief returns as climate talks teeter closer to collapse

Predictions from international climate expert, warn that global warming is set to do irreversible environmental damage.

Trump’s willingness to intervene in Meng detention roils Canada’s justification

The International Crisis Group said Tuesday, Dec. 11 it’s aware of reports that its North East Asia senior adviser Michael Kovrig has been detained.

Scientist awarded $100K for work on Arctic contaminants that led to ban

Derek Muir has received the $100,000 Weston Family Prize for his research that showed those carcinogens were able to move into the Arctic.

Another 20 to 30 cm of snow expected on Coquihalla

Environment Canada issued a weather statement this morning

Manhunt continues for France shooter

Suspected gunman named, had long police record

‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Shining’ added to National Film Registry

“These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

Most Read