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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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Quotes of the Week:

“Those older adults deserved a good closing phase of their lives and a good death. We failed them.”

Restoring Trust:COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta.
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Main Headline:

‘We failed them’ Report criticizes Canada’s long-term care system before and during COVID-19

Canada has failed in its duty to protect vulnerable elders in long-term care, according to a highly critical report that examines the issue in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

The report released Friday by the Royal Society of Canada found the pandemic was a “shock wave” that exposed many long-standing deficiencies in the system and caused high levels of “physical, mental and emotional suffering” for seniors.

“Those lives lost unnecessarily had value,” reads the report by a working group that was chaired by Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta.

“Those older adults deserved a good closing phase of their lives and a good death. We failed them.”

The working group, which was created by the Royal Society’s COVID-19 task force of scientists and researchers, said the causes of the failure are complex but are rooted in what they called “systemic and deeply institutionalized implicit attitudes about age and gender.”

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And not only in Canada…

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Coronavirus: report reveals chaos in care homes

The special coronavirus committee of the Flemish parliament yesterday examined a report from the region’s ombudswoman Annelies D’Espallier, which describes the chaos that reigned in care homes during the height of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The service interviewed staff, residents and family members of residents of the care homes in the region, contained in a document of witness statements intended for the parliamentary committee set up to look into the crisis. Unlike the committee of the federal parliament, the Flemish committee has already started work.

“The statements hit hard for everyone here on the committee,” said Lorin Parys (N-VA). Other representatives of the governing parties CD&V and Open VLD echoed that opinion.

Opposition members, meanwhile, turned the witness statements against the government.

“Every statement here repeats time and again that the administration under minister Beke reacted chaotically, that there was no control, mistrust was everywhere, and the government was always running behind the facts,” said Björn Rzoska of Groen, referring to Wouter Beke (CD&V), the region’s health minister.

“The residential care centres had to improvise to fill that gap.”

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