CARE-WATCH Sept 12, 2020:News from the front lines of LTC

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The Pandemic Is Highlighting A Huge Disadvantage For LGBTQ Long-Term Care Residents. Most long-term care homes don’t even want to know that we exist. And they make our lives difficult. The level of homophobia in long-term care comes, not only from staff but from other residents, is so high it’s frightening.

leZlie lee kam friend of Alf Roberts who died June 2 at the Fudger House retirement home in Toronto
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The Lead:

COVID-19 robbed lives of about 7,000 health workers, Amnesty International reports

In a Sept. 2 update, Medscape reported at least 17 healthcare workers who have died in Canada, the information for which is reproduced below:

  1. Agary Akaekpuchionwa, age unknown, personal support worker (CUPE), long-term care home, Ottawa
  2. Brian Beattie, 57, nurse, Kensington Village Nursing Home, London, Ontario
  3. Huy Hao Dao, 44, public health physician, Montreal
  4. Marcelin Francois, 40, personal support worker, Montreal
  5. Marina Thenor Louis, 45, orderly, CHSLD Cartierville, Montreal
  6. Christine Mandegarian, 54, personal support worker, Altamont Care Community, Scarborough
  7. Laurence Ménard, 33, social worker, CLSC Drummond, Drummondville
  8. Arlene Reid, 51, personal support worker, Victorian Order of Nurses, Brampton
  9. Sharon Roberts, 59, personal support worker, Downsview Long Term Care, North York
  10. Leonard Rodriguez, 61, Toronto
  11. Victoria “Vicky” Salvan, 64, orderly, Centre de Soins Prolongés Grace Dart, Montreal
  12. Stéphanie Tessier, 31, orderly, CHSLD Lucien-G. Rolland, Saint-Jérôme
  13. Warlito Valdez, 47, residential support worker for people with disabilities, Richmond, B.C.
  14. Denis Vincent, 62, dentist, North Vancouver, B.C.
  15. Anonymous Hospital Cleaner, 58, Brampton Civic Hospital, Brampton
  16. Anonymous Personal Support Worker, 50s, Sienna Senior Living’s Altamont Care Community, Scarborough, Ontario
  17. Anonymous Personal Support Worker, age unknown, Madonna Community Care, Ottawa

“This list is not yet complete, and we need your help to keep it up to date,” Medscape clarified in the news release.

The list does not specify if all of these listed Canadians acquired the virus during exposure in the workplace in caring for those with the illness. 

Steve Cockburn, head of economic and social justice at Amnesty International, called the deaths of around 7,000 health workers “a crisis on a staggering scale.”

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Virus in Sweden highlighted deficiencies in care for elderly

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has pledged to improve the care for older people in the country, where COVID-19 related health conditions have taken the lives of 5 837 people, Swedish news portal The Local and the EU European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report.

On Tuesday, September 8, Löfven delivered a speech at an unusual opening session of the Swedish parliament, with only half of his cabinet ministers and 190 of Sweden’s 349 members of parliament present in the hall amid coronavirus health and safety measures.

Among other topics, the Social Democrat leader addressed some of the flaws highlighted by the coronavirus, which fatally swept though many Swedish elderly care homes at an alarmingly fast rate earlier this year.

The Sweden that was hit by Covid-19 was not perfect, with deficiencies in care for older people, ongoing climate change that impacts our children’s future, and cracks in the welfare system that is meant to guarantee people’s security. That’s why we will not go back to how Sweden was before the crisis. We will build back even better, stated the Swedish Prime Minister promising to invest more in the affected areas, as quoted by The Local.

Over the past two weeks, 2,354 Swedes have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. In the country, related health conditions have taken the lives 5,837, according to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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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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