Health care hell
Health minister Randy Delorey was in the news a few weeks ago responding to dozens of cases of abuse documented at long-term care homes. But despite what he says, the long-term care system is not working. I believe minister Delorey lacks empathy and is completely detached if he believes it’s OK when the elderly and other residents are wasting away waiting for long periods of time in their own feces to be cleaned, are subject to bed sores, experience resident-to-resident or resident-to-staff violence, get one bath a week and face $5 a day meal budgets resulting in low-quality nourishment. They often suffer neglect and abuse, with some ending in death, often resulting in investigations that never come to fruition or closure for families. The elderly have been experiencing this kind of existence for decades in long-term care facilities and it looks like it will continue to happen despite the creation of the Protection for the People in Care Act that does not seem to have the teeth to protect the elderly for whom it is intended. Keeping people in their own homes longer is not the answer either. Caring for a loved one who has become severely disabled requires lots of time, money and energy, often resulting in the caregiver to become disabled themselves, left in poverty or die. It takes an emotional toll. Quite often families split up trying to care for a loved one. No, mister minister it is not working, by any stretch of the imagination. Long-term care needs more, better trained staff and funding.
— Gary MacLeod, Halifax