LETTER: Advocacy representative urges province to do better by seniors in long-term care
Posted: January 6, 2022
(Jan 5, 2021)
By: SooToday Staff, SooToday.com
SooToday has received the following letter to the editor from District 3 Algoma Retired Teachers of Ontario advocacy representative Marie DellaVedova who is concerned about senior care in long-term care homes in Ontario.
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding here in Ontario, one that could have been prevented.
If thousands of children had died in institutions during the course of this pandemic, the institutions would have been closed down and criminal charges likely would have been laid. But the majority of deaths have been seniors in long-term care homes. And little has been done to quell the growing numbers of infections and deaths in long-term care.
During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic the International Longevity Centre for Canada reported that 82 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths in Canada occurred in long-term care homes. It was reported that death rates were especially high in private for-profit long-term care homes. Despite accounts of negligence, in Ontario, not one long-term care home has been fined. Not one long-term care home has lost its license.
Now, as predicted, the second wave is becoming worse than the first wave. Our friends and family members living in long-term care homes continue to get sick and die in ever-increasing numbers. Those who are in desperate need of hospitalization may be unable to access a bed as many hospitals in the province are reaching ICU capacity.