Nursing Home Disallows VSED; Gets Sued for Battery
Posted Aug 09 2013 7:25am
A few weeks ago, I blogged about the case of Margot Bentley, who is suffering from advanced-stage Alzheimer’s in a Vancouver nursing home. She has been receiving spoon feeding contrary to the directions of her family and contrary to the wishes she stipulated in a living will.
This week, Bentley's daughter and husband filed a lawsuit against Fraser Health in British Columbia Supreme Court alleging that this unwanted treatment constitutes a battery. As I have argued at length argued ( here and here ) administering unwanted treatment (including oral food and fluids) DOES constitute a battery.