SENIORCENTRIC ROUNDUP 2020 07 04 NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the extent to which many of Canada’s current group care facilities rely on personal support workers and the unpaid support of family members to operate successfully, Canadians have seen that without these resources, most essential needs of residents are not met, leaving many malnourished, dehydrated and without even the most basic personal hygiene care.

Canadian Bar Association Prioritizing the safety of older Canadians
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How 2 McMaster grads use pen pals to help seniors battle COVID blues in nursing homes

The duo are looking to turn the pen pal service into a non-profit organization

Charmaine Holland says she has always been close to her grandmother — the woman who inspired her to become a geriatric doctor — and who she thought of when she decided to act on the news of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes, killing isolated seniors.

Now, she and Aliza Prodaniuk, a fellow McMaster alumna, are both running a pen pal service that is reaching long-term care homes as far as the Prairies with letters coming from as far as Bermuda and Iran.

“It’s extending a web of kindness to the whole nation and beyond,”

Charmaine Holland

Canada’s senior citizens have been hit hardest by COVID-19, particularly those who stay in long-term care homes, retirement facilities and nursing homes. Many of the victims died alone.

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