CARE-WATCH Jan 23, 2021: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES:

Covid has really highlighted that public investment in for-profit owned care homes is really no longer a credible policy option; the need for family supporting wages and working conditions; the need to end facilities subcontracting their services; mandate resident to staff ratios consistent with the best evidence and 10% higher; Models that reduce the number of contacts/resident for each staff member consistant with more relational care

Dr. Margaret McGregor
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CANADA LTC COVID Cases Jan 22, 2021

2453 Affected Homes

70330 Total Cases

12640 Deaths

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Long-term care homes in Canada: How many and who owns them?

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Canada News:

With 55 deaths, Edmonton long-term care centre outbreak now the deadliest in Alberta

In a 46-day period, 41 residents of CapitalCare Lynnwood died of COVID-19

A COVID-19 outbreak at a west Edmonton long-term care facility is now considered the deadliest in the province.

As of Thursday afternoon, the outbreak at CapitalCare Lynnwood in the West Meadowlark Park neighbourhood had claimed 55 lives, making it the deadliest outbreak in Alberta since the pandemic began.

In a 46-day period over the holidays, 41 residents died of COVID-19.

A total of 262 cases have been linked to the outbreak, Alberta Health said in a statement to CBC News. Three cases remain active while 205 residents have recovered.

The number of active infections continues to decline but the waning caseload comes after a particularly bleak holiday season inside the 276-bed facility.

On Monday, two more residents — a woman in her 80s and another in her 70s — died from complications of the disease.

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Relatives of long-term care residents demand change after 3,256 seniors die across Ontario

Relative of St Catharines care home resident said her sister has been confined in her room for 40 days

Relatives of long-term care residents were joined by Niagara’s MPP’s at a virtual protest today, against the conditions at senior’s homes in the province that continues to see mounting death tolls in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19.

Maureen McDermot from the organization ‘Voices of Long Term Care’, an organization supporting residents and families of residents, opened the digital meeting by calling for immediate intervention after at least 3,256 seniors died across the province while in the care of publicly- and privately run care homes.

“And I am really sad to report that 17 of these deaths were from not even 12 hours ago. That is 17 funerals in the past 12 hours,” said McDermot.

“We need immediate help in there. The military needs to come in. Some of the homes are 100 percent COVID-19 positive.”

While the federal government decided to fund the Red Cross to come in to select long-term care and retirement homes before the new year, advocates are calling for the full force of the armed forces, who have doctors, RN’s and specially trained staff to help relieve the heavily strained staff.

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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