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Understaffed long-term care homes nothing new: Retired PSWs

Posted: October 6, 2021

(October 5, 2021)

By: Ellwood Shreve, Sentinel Review Woodstock

Retired personal support workers Julie Dorner (left) and Kim Brown spoke about the shortage of workers in long-term care homes that has been going on long before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, during a protest by the Chatham-Kent chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition in front of Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls' Chatham constituency office on Oct. 4. Ellwood Shreve/Postmedia Network

Retired personal support workers Julie Dorner (left) and Kim Brown spoke about the shortage of workers in long-term care homes that has been going on long before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, during a protest by the Chatham-Kent chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition in front of Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls’ Chatham constituency office on Oct. 4. Ellwood Shreve/Postmedia Network PHOTO BY ELLWOOD SHREVE /Ellwood Shreve/The Daily News

Kim Brown and Julie Dorner have seen a lot of changes during their years experience as personal support workers in local long-term care facilities.

But for decades one thing has remained constant – homes have been chronically understaffed despite an increasing complexity of needs for long-term care residents.