CARE-WATCH JUNE 6, 2020

Long-Term Care Today

New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors’ LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH

BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta.  It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE 

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Burnt-out health-care workers warn of mass exodus, with no end in sight to mandatory redeployment to CHSLDs

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It’s been over a month on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 for Julia, a speech language pathologist in west end Montreal. The army is withdrawing soldiers deployed to the long-term care home where she’s working, but for her, there’s no end in sight.

In late April, Julia was one of about 1,300 “involuntary deployments” — people in health-care-related fields conscripted to work in long-term care homes to make up for a critical shortage of staff as the pandemic ripped through them. Nearly 5,000 Quebecers have now died of COVID-19, 68 per cent of them residents of long-term care institutions, known as CHSLDs.

Now as spring turns to summer and Julia sweats through her protective gear in the facility where she is forced to work, she wonders when she’ll be able to go back to the job she loves and is trained to do.

I think about quitting every day, and I don’t think I’m the only one.

Julia, a speech language pathologist in west end Montreal

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