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
INDEX (CLICK on Carol’s contributed collated collections by date)
|JULY 27. 2020||JULY 6,2020||JUNE 30, 2020|
|JUNE 29, 2020||JUNE 18, 2020||JUNE 17, 2020|
|May 31, 2020||May 29, 2020||May 15, 2020|
- Risk Factors Associated With Mortality Among Residents With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Long-term Care Facilities in Ontario, Canada
- 18 May 2020 Old money Tortoise Thousands of care home residents are dying from Covid-19, and staff are on minimum wage. But in the background, big profits are being made. Ian Birrell investigates a broken industry
This is tragic and it's far from the first outbreak in continuing care. In other provinces, like British Columbia, the province stepped in to assist during this unprecedented pandemic. Why does the UCP refuse? #ableg #abhealthhttps://t.co/3G2d9zUVtl
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) August 2, 2020
Went to see a patient in the ER.
Me: Hi I’m Dr. Spencer.
Patient: You look familiar! I see you on TV alot talking about COVID19! So wait, you’re an actual real doctor, not just a TV doctor?
Me: Yup, real doctor. And trust me, real doctoring is WAY better than TV doctoring! 😂
— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig_A_Spencer) August 2, 2020
It’s the early hours of the morning and Michelle Heavens moves quickly along one of the care home’s dark corridors.
She’s the senior carer on duty overnight and needs to check on 84-year-old Joan Day. Michelle pauses to put on a mask, goggles, apron and gloves before going into Joan’s room.
Joan has coronavirus and is going downhill fast.
“I loved her from the day she came in,” says Michelle.
Joan had been physically fit, but dementia had made her life increasingly difficult. She’d moved into the specialist home at Blackley in Manchester last year and settled in quickly.
“She was always singing Joan. Absolutely brilliant lady. She’d ask us if we needed help, rather than us give her any support.”
Michelle checks Joan’s oxygen levels. They’re dropping rapidly. She’s having difficulty getting her breath so Michelle and two other carers reposition her to try to make her more comfortable. The nurse also gives her painkilling drugs.
June 16: COVID outbreak in acute care, Mission hospital. Fraser Health, other BC authorities release no information.
— Ron Hughes (@RonaldNHughes) August 2, 2020