Senior care homes, COVID-19: death and working conditions

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NDPP

Family Reeling as Senior Dies of Malnutrition Not COVID-19

https://twitter.com/CBCQueensPark/status/1271130089279885318

"Pietro Bruccoleri died late last month at an embattled Ontario long-term care home where 23 seniors have succumbed to COVID-19, but it wasn't the virus that killed him - it was exhaustion caused by malnutrition. 'We did not expect the neglect,' said his oldest daughter Rina Di Silva, 55..."

Doing a great job Ontario. Just think of all the pension money saved!

NDPP

"Imagine you work at a LTC home as a PSW. You feel sick and are told to 'isolate at home.' You are a single parent/sole earner caring for your parents and kids in one apartment. What will you do? How would you protect your family from COVID? Ontario government needs to invest in support."

https://twitter.com/drwarner/status/1271431141896192001

NDPP

Quebec Coroner's Office Orders Public Inquiry into COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Homes

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/coroner-public-inquiry-covid-19-...

"Quebec's chief coroner has ordered a wide-ranging public inquiry into deaths that have occurred in the province's long-term care homes, private seniors' residences and other residential institutions for vulnerable people over the first six weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 60% of the province's COVID-19 deaths have occurred in public or private long-term care homes. Quebec's chief coroner Pascale Descary said the investigation will be totally public, from beginning  to end...."

Unlike Ontario.

NDPP

Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris is Raking in Profits from the Long-Term Care Home System He Helped Create

https://t.co/x04vXoQWP1

"...Under the Harris government, the growing corporate business of caring for seniors flourished and corporate players such as Sienna Senior Living, Revera, Extendicare, and Chartwell expanded their reach. Now, in the middle of a global pandemic, the country is witnessing the true vulnerability of seniors in long-term care homes. To date, more than 8,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Canada. More than 6,800 of them - 83 per cent - have died in these homes..."

No wonder Doug Ford wants his own hand-picked inquiry process.

NDPP

LISTEN: "The Ontario government is considering  a move to grant organizations and people immunity from some COVID-19 lawsuits. Families suing long-term care homes fear it could make accountability that much harder to come by."

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-june-22-2020-1.5622150

jerrym

On the CBC National News last night it was noted that Canada is spending one third less than the other developed countries on long term countries. When this fact is combined with the privatization of senior care in much of Canada resulting in the focus being on profits at the expense of spending on care and the related lack of long term care home inspections, it is not surprising that Canada leads the world by a wide margin in having 81% of  all of its Covid-19 deaths ocuring in these homes. The entire system needs funding and de-privatization. 

kropotkin1951

jerrym wrote:

On the CBC National News last night it was noted that Canada is spending one third less than the other developed countries on long term countries. When this fact is combined with the privatization of senior care in much of Canada resulting in the focus being on profits at the expense of spending on care and the related lack of long term care home inspections, it is not surprising that Canada leads the world by a wide margin in having 81% of  all of its Covid-19 deaths ocuring in these homes. The entire system needs funding and de-privatization. 

Defunding is good for all private operators. However I would far prefer to see seniors treated with dignity by giving them the resources to be able to pay for the care that we all know is required. Imagine a world were the OAS is $2000 a month and all seniors could think about coops and other arrangements that are resident controlled and operated.

jerrym

kropotkin1951 wrote:

jerrym wrote:

On the CBC National News last night it was noted that Canada is spending one third less than the other developed countries on long term countries. When this fact is combined with the privatization of senior care in much of Canada resulting in the focus being on profits at the expense of spending on care and the related lack of long term care home inspections, it is not surprising that Canada leads the world by a wide margin in having 81% of  all of its Covid-19 deaths ocuring in these homes. The entire system needs funding and de-privatization. 

Defunding is good for all private operators. However I would far prefer to see seniors treated with dignity by giving them the resources to be able to pay for the care that we all know is required. Imagine a world were the OAS is $2000 a month and all seniors could think about coops and other arrangements that are resident controlled and operated.

I agree although there does come a point in some senior's lifes when they cannot take care of themselves and home care visits are not enough. 

jerrym

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NDPP

Canada's COVID-19 Deaths in LTC Double the Average of Other Countries

https://twitter.com/CBCTheNational/status/1276258546670276611

"Long term care residents make up 81 per cent of all reported COVID-19 deaths in Canada compared to an average of 43 per cent among all countries studied."

Unfortunately, there seems relatively little concern by Canadians at this appalling eldercide and lack of care.

NDPP

There's No Quick Post-Pandemic Fix for Canada's Long Term Care Facilities, Say Experts

http://newsletters.cbc.ca/q/17GvfDCEOc0A8cpj1Jnyrh/wv

"The novel coronavirus exploited a weakness in Canadian society - the country's tendency to warehouse its elderly in poorly supervised long-term care homes. The results, say experts, were completely predictable..."

kropotkin1951

jerrym wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

jerrym wrote:

On the CBC National News last night it was noted that Canada is spending one third less than the other developed countries on long term countries. When this fact is combined with the privatization of senior care in much of Canada resulting in the focus being on profits at the expense of spending on care and the related lack of long term care home inspections, it is not surprising that Canada leads the world by a wide margin in having 81% of  all of its Covid-19 deaths ocuring in these homes. The entire system needs funding and de-privatization. 

Defunding is good for all private operators. However I would far prefer to see seniors treated with dignity by giving them the resources to be able to pay for the care that we all know is required. Imagine a world were the OAS is $2000 a month and all seniors could think about coops and other arrangements that are resident controlled and operated.

I agree although there does come a point in some senior's lifes when they cannot take care of themselves and home care visits are not enough. 

Of course some seniors are going to need more care than others at different times in their lives. My Mom was in a Legion facility that had a long term care wing for those that needed that level of care but most of the buildings were one bedroom apartments. When she moved in she made all her own food except on nights she wanted to go down to the caferteria. In her last few months after she turned ninety staff dropped by three or four times a day to check up on her. She never had to move her care level just increased as she aged and her health problems increased. We have the models of care what we don't have is the models to fund them.

I am pretty typical senior and I receive under $1300 a month for CPP and OAS. People who also get the GIS do not have enough financial resources to have any say in the type of housing and care they will receive. So instead of the $613 that OAS currently hands out it should be $2000 and leave the CPP intact.

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..the senior's complex i'm in provides an interesting model. it took me almost 3 yrs (waiting list) to get into the place and it has a great reputation. i lucked out!

..there are 3 bldgs. one of them you need to be on a food program. the cost for that program is around $200 a mon for 2 meals a day. cost will be going up later this year. the rents are somewhat reasonable so that helps. the food prep is all in house and the meals are quite good. more subsidies would certainly help as would an increase in pensions.

..those in the 2nd bldg, my bldg, can also be on that food program if they choose. there is a tunnel between the 2 bldgs so you never have to go outside. my neighbour had a stroke a while ago. some of her memory has yet to return, the stove was removed from her place for safety reasons. she gets around ok on her own and uses the food program. 

..i see support staff moving through my bldg all the time. dispensing meds and providing various services to various clients. they travel through both blds and possibly the 3rd one which is a nursing home. so economies of scale apply.    

..i have to say, as a working class stiff, it ain't a bad place to be in when life is winding down. even though i'm still able to live independently the services i see all around me are a huge comfort. 

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