Montreal

Seniors home staff shaken by bathtub death charge

The head of a Quebec City long-term care home says the staff has been shaken by a criminal negligence charge laid against a former orderly.

The head of a Quebec City long-term care home says the staff has been shaken by a criminal negligence charge laid against a former orderly.

Last year, 87-year-old Geneviève Saillant died after falling in the bath. On Tuesday, police charged the orderly caring for her with criminal negligence causing death.

Nathalie Côté, who runs the home where the incident took place, said Saillant had been a resident for only a few months.

"It’s very difficult for us," she said Wednesday.

She said her staff cares for 280 residents and that particular incident was "isolated."             

Côté says everyone feels empathy for Saillant's family, especially her daughter who had worked at the home for several years as a nurse.

The daughter has since left the facility because it was too difficult to continue her work there.

The family is now suing the home for $1.6 million.

The orderly allegedly neglected a basic safety measure during the bath. She is due back in court in January.