Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) indicates that, as of midnight on 14th July 2020, 79% of all notified deaths from COVID-19 occurred in the over 75 age groups and that deaths in nursing homes (985 cases) represented 56% of total deaths (1,748 cases) in Ireland.GOVT. OF IRELAND COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel FINAL REPORT
Results of their four-month COVID-19 study has prompted a call from the Canadian Red Cross for policies and practices that better serve the most vulnerable among Canada’s senior population – both during a pandemic and beyond.
The Red Cross study was conducted by Leger in four segments between April and July. It tracked the social and psychological impacts of COVID-19 on more than 2,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older – with an emphasis on vulnerable seniors, defined as 65 years or older who are living alone and in fair or poor health.
Findings highlighted long-standing challenges for vulnerable seniors that have further intensified during COVID-19.
Specifically, nearly one-third of vulnerable seniors consistently reported feeling they do not have people they could count on – and could not get help right away, if needed. More than 30 per cent reported feeling lonely frequently or every day – nearly three times the rate of their healthier peers. In addition, only 57 per cent reported feeling good about themselves, and just 50 per cent felt hopeful about the future.
“The results are disconcerting,” says Dr. Paul Hebert, Medical and Science Advisor for the Canadian Red Cross. “While staying at home can be a life-saving measure for older adults, we also know that social isolation and emotional disconnectedness are major health concerns. They can worsen physical and emotional problems – particularly for the frail, who have far less ability to cope with even minor medical setbacks.”
COVID-19 represents a significant global threat to public health. On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the assessment that COVID-19 should be characterised as a pandemic.
In a matter of months this global pandemic has seen approximately 13.5 million cases and over 580,000 deaths. Ireland has experienced some 25,683 cases and 1,748 deaths as of 14th July 2020. Internationally, the latest
signs and trends remain troubling.
Evidence in Ireland and globally has shown that older people, particularly those who are medically compromised or frailer are at severe risk for poorer outcomes from COVID-19, and that congregated settings such as longterm residential care facilities have been severely impacted.
News from the front lines in Seniors’ Long Term Care,
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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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
Listened to the anti-mask protesters at the farmer’s market as they shouted about how we are giving up our rights and bowing to the rules then watched them all stop at the red light in order to cross the street.
— jason schilling (@schill_dawg) August 22, 2020