An elderly woman spent more than a week in a Halifax emergency room because her family refused to take her home, according to the chief of Nova Scotia’s largest ER. Dr. Samuel Campbell said the woman was not ill, but her grandchildren were looking after her and felt they could no longer cope with her mild dementia. Campbell said Halifax Infirmary emergency room staff contacted her next of kin —

the woman’s children, who were in Florida at the time — but they became angry that she couldn’t stay in emergency and refused to take her home. The staff were threatened with legal action or with bringing the issue to the media. “The family was just saying, ‘We refuse to take her home. She’s your problem. Do something’,” said Campbell in an interview on Thursday. “Nurses are crying and social workers are desperate.” CONTINUE