CARE-WATCH Oct 10, 2020:Long Term Care News

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A lot of people are confused and worried, a lot of them have family [that can’t visit]… plus the main thing, because of COVID we’re not allowed to go outside this gate here.

Clifford Nelson Parkview Place Resident Winnipeg 277-bed facility, now home to the biggest personal care home outbreak in Manitoba
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The Lead:

Long-term care has been in trouble for years. When will we do something about it?

On Thursday, the Ontario Patient Ombudsman released a report that examines the impact of the first wave of COVID-19 on Ontario’s long-term-care system. The report makes for grim reading. But in only one way is it surprising. And the surprise reflects badly on all of us as citizens of this province — myself very much included.

In the main, the report from Cathy Fooks is what you’d expect. It lists the many challenges that Ontario’s long-term-care homes struggled with during the first wave of the pandemic. Roughly two-thirds of the province’s fatalities occurred in LTC homes — which was to be expected, given COVID-19’s lopsided lethality among older populations and the virus’s proven affinity for spreading in congregant settings. It also recaps the many challenges that contributed to the particular crisis in LTC homes: insufficient testing, inadequate supplies of PPE, a rush to reinforce the hospital system first and above all else. All combined to turn too many of our LTC homes into disaster sites.

But, and this is the shame of it, the system was already screaming out for help even before the pandemic. We didn’t listen. We’re still barely listening.

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