CARE-WATCH Oct 31, 2020:Long Term Care News

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If infection gets into a long-term care home, you can be looking at over 10 per cent mortality in that group in people who otherwise had a reasonable quality of life and should have lived longer.

Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert from the University of Alberta.
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Canadian News:

‘I’m deathly afraid’: Long-term care residents fear emotional neglect, understaffing as 2nd wave looms

Ontario long-term care commission found chronic worker shortages have compounded pandemic’s toll

With winter looming and the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gaining momentum across Canada, long-term care home residents say they fear their physical health is being guarded at the expense of their mental and emotional well-being.

“I actually went through here [my home] when this first happened and asked everybody if they would rather see their loved ones, with the risk of getting COVID, or the alternative. And they all said, ‘We’d rather die than not be able to see our family members and to be so ostracized,'” said Dianna Green, who lives in a long-term care home in Cranbrook, B.C.

“People need each other, they need contact with their families, they need contact with people who love them, they need to be touched, and I think that’s being forgotten about,” she told The Current‘s Matt Galloway.

“We’re so worried about preserving lives, but we’re not worried about how the lives are.”

Earlier this month, an independent commission tasked with investigating how the coronavirus spread in Ontario’s long-term care system heard dire warnings that care homes may not be ready for the second wave. Experts on the ground say that’s because they are still facing severe staffing shortages.

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Grieving daughter plans legal action over mum’s virus death after shock care homes report

Caroline Grattan says Margaret Johnston, 88, was put at risk because old people were discharged to care homes from hospitals.

A grieving daughter whose mum died of coronavirus at a nursing home is planning legal action after a shock report on hospital admissions.

Caroline Grattan was ­heartbroken when Margaret ­Johnston, 88, died days after contracting Covid-19 at the Orchard Care Centre in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, where at least 14 virus deaths were confirmed.

Caroline said her mum was put at risk because old people were discharged to care homes from hospitals during the crisis.

On Wednesday, a report revealed that thousands of elderly patients were transferred from Scottish hospitals to care homes at the height of lockdown.

Caroline has alerted law firm Leigh Day, which is investigating potential legal action against care home operator HC-One on behalf victims’ families.

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