CARE-WATCH Nov 14, 2020:Long Term Care News

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“It’s important to find and hold accountable those responsible for all these deaths, but it’s even more urgent to make sure no more deaths happen. So, I’m calling on the Premier to establish an expert panel of front-line workers so he can finally start learning the truth about what’s really going wrong in our long-term care homes.”

President Warren (Smokey) Thomas Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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Alberta News:

10 deaths, 146 cases tied to COVID-19 outbreak at south Edmonton long-term care facility

76 residents, 70 staff have tested positive in 3 weeks at South Terrace Continuing Care Centre

A south Edmonton long-term care facility is being ravaged by an outbreak of COVID-19. 

On October 22, one staff member at the South Terrace Continuing Care Centre tested positive.

Three weeks later, 76 residents and 70 staff members have contracted the virus and 10 residents have died, according to Alberta Health Services. Four staff members have recovered.  

COVID-19 has spread through all five wings of the facility that is owned and operated by Revera Inc. 

Revera told CBC there are currently 90 residents in the home. That means about 84 per cent of residents who live at South Terrace have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Karen Steiner’s 79-year-old father is a South Terrace resident. He has advanced dementia and for medical reasons is confined to his bed. The family has asked that his name be withheld. 

The facility went into lockdown after an outbreak was declared, so Steiner’s family has been unable to visit him. Because of his dementia, he’s unable to tell his family about current conditions. 

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UK News

Deadly toll of care homes ban: Halting visits is linked to 5,000 EXTRA dementia deaths in nursing units, figures reveal

More than 5,000 dementia patients died needlessly during lockdown – most of them in care homes, official figures show.

Between March 7 and May 1, when blanket visiting bans were in place, the toll was 52 per cent higher than normal.

Over the past five years an average of 10,345 Britons died from dementia in the same eight-week period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

But this year the figure hit 15,749 – meaning there were 5,404 excess and potentially avoidable deaths.

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