The outbreaks that led to the most deaths, however, happened at care homes for seniors. The worst outbreak, in terms of deaths, came at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton, where 29 people died, as of Aug. 21 (the death toll now stands at 31). Eighty-two people connected to that outbreak had recovered, and there were still three active cases, as of Friday.Robson Fletcher’s work for CBC Calgary focuses on data, analysis and investigative journalism
The Alberta Continuing Care Association [ACCA] bills itself as “The Recognized Voice for advancing excellence and innovation in Continuing Care”.
It is an industry group representing continuing care accommodation and service providers and their corporate suppliers; check out their membership .
Apparently, the industry believes it can introduce a restriction on access to public services which is entirely in its own financial interests.
It’s happened before, of course; contract providers have the right to pick and choose who they will admit to services or facilities; they have the right to evict residents whose care needs increase; they have the right to
ban family and visitors who express concerns about quality of care; and they have unilaterally developed the standards for care and accommodation which the government subsequently accepted.
They have been known to modify staffing requirements through their collective agreements, despite the requirements in the Nursing Homes Act, as well as by lobbying for Ministerial Directives to avoid compliance.
Another good illustration of the risks of off-loading public services to corporate providers without protections for consumer interests or in fact civil rights. We lose control and contribute to profits.
And of course, there is no independent and effective oversight or complaint response agency. If you want to complain, your choices are the operator of the facility or the government – in other word, the perpetrators.
This entire exercise has nothing to do with safety of residents or clients, with workers or family caregivers, or the community. It is simply a move to protect against any oversight of the operators’ dismal care record.
Click Here for an unedited copy of the CBC Calgary August 24, 2020 online report of the waiver.
As early as February, it was clear that individuals at highest risk for severe disease and death from COVID-19 included people over 60 and those with underlying conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
The danger they face is painfully evident in many nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in which conditions exacerbate the risks. Too frequently, residents share rooms and mix in close quarters, and they have frequent and high-touch physical contact with staff who move from room to room.
Yet in those early days, few countries developed plans to protect the vulnerable, older individuals who rely on assistance in long-term care facilities. In fact, many patients with the virus were transferred into unsafe facilities to ease the burden on overcrowded hospitals.
It was a recipe for disaster, and a disaster it has become. In many countries around the world, these facilities have been ground zero for COVID-19 infections and deaths.
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
Remarkable covid stats 👇👇
With 70,000+ infected people studied in MN…
> There are more deaths age 90+ than age 70 and below
> 99.9% covid survival outside long term care
> 99.97% covid survival for ages under 60
> Avg age of death is 6 yrs beyond life expectancy
See below. pic.twitter.com/bBNr2GgVCk
— Clarity (@covid_clarity) August 28, 2020
TFW when the Alberta premier shows more care for an old statue in Montreal than for the old people in his province's long-term care facilities.
— Marty Chan (@Marty_Chan) August 30, 2020