LEVY: LTC homes not ready for second wave, say advocates
Posted: October 13, 2020
(October 12, 2020)
By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun
Simon Nisbet and mom Doreen in better times. PHOTO BY SUBMITTED PHOTO
Simon Nisbet has much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.
His mom Doreen is alive and doing well at 89 because he pulled her out of Orchard Villa and got her into hospital before COVID-19 and the lack of care — well documented in the media and by the Canadian military — could end her life.
From the time he was contacted after his mom tested COVID-positive on April 22 and the deaths started mounting, he’d visit her every day at her window and see her “deteriorating.”
When he finally got a call from a doctor on May 3, he was told only that she’d had a sip of water and then “everything went silent.”
That was a “trigger,” he said, and it was at that point he pleaded to have her moved to the hospital.
“Within 48 hours I had her out of there,” he said.
He’d learned that his mom had pneumonia, her kidneys were failing and she was extremely dehydrated.
Pickering’s Orchard Villa, operated by Southbridge Care Homes, was the hardest-hit LTC home in Ontario and was cited in the Canadian military report for horrendous examples of negligence.