Fix Seniors Care NOW

On Tuesday, May 26, join us for a virtual rally and make your voice heard!

Canada's seniors' care system has been in crisis for far too long. Now, we are seeing the impacts of our governments' inaction unfold in the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need action to #FixSeniorsCareNOW
 
On May 26, the Manitoba Health Coalition and Friends of Medicare will be taking to social media to call for the following principles:


The COVID-19 pandemic means we can't rally as we normally would so we're taking it to the internet! Here are two easy ways you can get involved on May 26

 

Post your photos and stories of your loved ones in continuing care, the working conditions and how our governments' inaction in seniors' care has impacted you and your family.

Make sure to use the hashtag
#FixSeniorsCareNOW !
Don't use social media? Send your stories to fixseniorscarenow@gmail.com and we will post for you!
Read submitted stories:
Contact the Premier, the Minister of Health, Seniors & Active Living, & tell them that we need action to fix our seniors' care NOW!
Use our template or Write your own supporting our 3 principles and the need for action NOW. Make sure to BCC us on your emails at fixseniorscare@gmail.com.

Premier Brian Pallister

Premier@leg.gov.mb.ca       

Twitter: @BrianPallister     

Room 204 Legislative Building

450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8 

Phone: (204) 945-3714   

   Minister Cameron Friesen

minhsal@leg.gov.mb.ca

Twitter: @CameronFriesen

Room 302 Legislative Building

450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

Phone: (204) 945-3731


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  • Trish Rawsthorne
    There currently is a National Seniors Strategy developed through the National Institute on Ageing/Ryerson (www.nia-ryerson.ca) including how to change and improve LTC for seniors under the report by Dr. Samir Sinha (Geriatrician) Enabling the Future Provision of Long Term Care in Canada. (www.nia-ryerson.ca/reports).
    The written report from the military who are assisting in LTC facilities in Ontario is expected to be discussed by the Premier of Ontario today. I would suggest (sight unseen) that the findings could be found in most any LTC facilities in Canada. The biggest influence and impact on care is the model of care employed and the management style and culture. We pretty well know that any care provided under the oversight of Regional Health Authorities is meant to stifle any concerns about the level of staff and the care to residents. Residents and family members fear saying anything in public once dismissed or warned not to say anything or risk being banned from the facility.
    An Inquiry into Resident safety in LTC in Ontario was meant to ferret out why residents were murdered (not the first time this has happened in Canada) but the reply back to the Commissioner is not due until July 31, 2020. I sincerely had hoped for huge sweeping condemnation of poor care that has existed for over 40 years because of the medical model of care which forces people to become more marginalized (not empowered) and vulnerable.
    Scandinavian countries such as Denmark do not build nursing homes and haven’t done so for 20 years. They care for seniors within the community where they live as it should be because it is a normal existence. Those who require more intensive care are housed together in small groups of 10 but the environment is still that of a normal home life and activities and what most people expect. Similarly, the most notable “Village” Hogewey was thought to be superior care because those with dementia were not stopped or drugged or mishandled in re-direction from untrained staff. Hogewey sustained the normal living environment including freedoms which current LTC facilities and supportive housing options do not allow because of obvious deficiencies in staff and knowledge and probably lack of desire to change what they are doing no matter how wrong it is.
    Since LTC is a provincial responsibility, my message to the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Seniors, reply back to me was to remind me of that provincial responsibility.
    Society’s lack of will to think or listen to the plight of those who have “lived experience” and the fear of employees for their jobs and the lack of union protest against deficits in care has created this perfect storm of which Manitoba escaped by pure chance.
    I ask everyone this question – if this was happening in ChildCare/DayCare and babies and children died because of the unpreparedness of that facility ro protect those in care, would you just turn a blind eye to the problems?