Personal Care Homes have been at the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 80% of deaths in Canada have been residents of personal care homes. It is expected that there will be a Second Wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to be ready.
On June 23rd, I hosted a Forum “How do we prepare personals care homes for a second wave of COVID-19?"
We asked important questions including:
- Do we need a rapid response team to respond when there is a COVID-19 infection in a personal care home?
- What steps are needed to ensure the best possible physical health of personal care home residents?
- What steps are needed to ensure the best possible mental and brain health of personal care home residents
- What steps are needed to ensure all personal are homes are implementing high standards of care and stewardship of residents?
- How do we balance access of family to residents with the safety of residents?
The full event can be watched on YouTube at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8nzyVnh0y8
The Panelists for the Forum were:
Dot Sloik, from Portage la Prairie is the daughter of a father who was in a personal care home from 2014 to 2018. She has become a strong advocate for improvements in personal care homes and was involved in the production of a report on conditions in a personal care home in Portage la Prairie in 2018.
Beverley Dueck, from Winnipeg, is a former public relations hostess. Her mother was a Licensed Practical Nurse who cared for seniors who had come from personal care homes to the Misericordia Hospital. Her mother is currently in a personal care home, as she has been throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jon Gerrard, the MLA for River Heights, is a physician and politician who has been very concerned about the condition of our elderly and the quality of care in personal care homes. His father was in a personal care home from 2011 to 2013.
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