The latest media reports show a staggering number of deaths in Canada are linked to long-term care homes or facilities. The elderly are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and highly susceptible to the devastating effects of this virus.
This specific pandemic has illuminated the shortfalls within our nursing homes that have been going on for years. Many feel helpless as they watch friends and family members experience the brunt of these shortfalls. Many also feel as if these organizations are not providing the public with the full picture of what is going on including staffing and funding shortfalls, as well as health standards that aren’t being met. While inspections of these facilities do take place, there can be changes from the last time one took place to present day. This creates quite a cause for concern.
When our elderly are infected, they tend to experience the symptoms on a larger scale than those younger individuals. They may also have several comorbidities which require a specific type of care. What is also compounding the many problems in these facilities is that occasionally management has failed to properly protect the staff with PPE equipment or develop in-house processes which mitigate against risks. Media reports have shown many workers walking out on the job as they have felt that their health is at risk. These nursing homes have had ample warning to prepare for the effects of this pandemic and as such ought to known of the many issues that would arise.