- Honouring the voices and experiences of Long-Term Care Home residents, caregivers and staff during the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario Oct 2020.
- Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee RNAO Submission to the Long-Term Care Staffing Study Advisory Group.
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
How is the #COVID19 pandemic affecting Canadians with long-term conditions and disabilities? Almost half (48%) reported that their general health was worse than before the pandemic. https://t.co/ug5PkmZBF9 #AccessibleCanada #LetsTalkAccessibility pic.twitter.com/wwPAA3FP5o
— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) October 7, 2020
I work in multiple #yeg long term care homes, many to help with the devastating #COVID19 outbreaks.
From day 1, I saw you, @UnitedNurses , working harder, working longer, no breaks, not eating – above & beyond the amazing day to day work you did pre-COVID. No questions asked.
— Daisy Fung, MD CCFP (@ABdoc4patients) October 9, 2020
A dangerous loophole is allowing temp-agencies to move personal support workers that are not directly employed by nursing homes wherever they please. @fordnation must restrict all workers to one home and protect our loved ones in long term care. #onpoli https://t.co/UZyMd2TJe2
— Steven Del Duca (@StevenDelDuca) October 7, 2020
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.
CAREWATCH is 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)
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- Honouring the voices and experiences of Long-Term Care Home residents, caregivers and staff during the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario Oct 2020
- Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee RNAO Submission to the Long-Term Care Staffing Study Advisory Group
- Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care June 2020 A Policy Briefing by the Working Group on Long-Term Care
- 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
I worked in long-term care when COVID hit Ontario. I personally witnessed & experienced Doug Ford's government fail to protect our most vulnerable. The Ford gov knew months ahead what was going to happen, and they did nothing. #FordFailedThePeople #onpolihttps://t.co/EO4FIF7BZs
— Tyler Watt 🇨🇦 (@tylerwatt90) October 5, 2020
What has happened in our long term care homes during the COVID pandemic is absolutely unacceptable with 80% of COVID deaths tied to LTCs. Even worse, many LTCs are for profit businesses that place shareholders interests ahead of seniors care. pic.twitter.com/nIepg0cY2J
— Matthew Green 🍊 (@MatthewGreenNDP) October 9, 2020