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Third worker at city-run Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home in Ottawa tests positive for Covid-19

Bruce Deachman, The Ottawa Citizen

A third employee at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home has tested positive for COVID-19, City of Ottawa manager Donna Gray announced Saturday. According to a statement from the city, which operates the home located on Porter Island near St. Patrick Street, confirmation was received Friday night. The employee, who last worked at the home on Wednesday, is currently in self-isolation at home.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/third-worker-at-garry-j-armstrong-long-term-care-home-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Ottawa Long-term care home staff allege they were given flimsy masks, told to reuse disposable probes

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Staff at Laurier Manor describe a home that allegedly skimped on protective equipment, allowed an infected resident to use the elevators without a mask or gloves and did what they describe as the minimum to prevent spread of COVID-19. Among other things, staff members were allegedly told to reuse the disposable probes that cover thermometers and were given flimsy dust masks from the maintenance room instead of surgical ones. When staff brought masks from home, they were allegedly told to take them off because they might scare the residents.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-long-term-care-home-staff-allege-they-were-given-flimsy-masks-told-to-reuse-disposable-probes/

Ten Residents Dead from COVID-19 at Almonte, Ontario, Long-term Care Home: Inside Almonte Country Haven: Exhaustion, isolation, death, and a call for help

Bruce Deachman, The Ottawa Citizen

Twelve residents at the 82-bed facility have died there since March 29 – 10 of those from COVID-19-related complications – and others have tested positive. The situation at Almonte and other LTC facilities countrywide, says Jane, needs to be addressed immediately, before circumstances at such centres begin to echo those at Bobcaygeon’s 65-bed Pinecrest Nursing Home, which has seen 28 COVID-19-related deaths as of Wednesday, the worst-hit LTC facility in the province.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/inside-almonte-country-haven-exhaustion-isolation-death-and-a-call-for-help/wcm/8f59b966-4cd5-4bd4-90f2-5bbe2f2fb93f/

Don’t use no trespass laws in Ontario retirement homes

The Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

(Note from Lise: There have been cases in Ottawa involving caregivers who were also banned from long-term care facilities, despite the fact that they had not been abusive to staff in any way).

This is a ham-fisted way of dealing with conflicts; surely it would be easier for a retirement home to sit down with an upset relative and work out whatever the problem is. Most families want only what is best for their loved one. Imagine your parent lives in a retirement home, dependent on your regular visits for companionship and support. Now imagine you run afoul of the home’s management for one reason or another – let us say you were upset about your loved one’s treatment, and you yelled at a staffer. In some cases, the retirement home might react by barring you from the premises. You couldn’t visit your aging loved one. If that seems like an extreme reaction, it is. Yet the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly says it gets an average of a call a week from people slapped with a no-trespass order from a retirement home or a long-term care facility. Often, it’s because the visitor was upset at staff about a relative’s care and acted in a way the facility’s management felt was abusive, such as yelling or swearing.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-dont-use-no-trespass-laws-in-ontarios-retirement-homes

Beds, yes. But we need other approaches to long-term care, too.

The Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

The wait list to get into long-term care will go up over the next five years, despite the Ontario government’s plan to quickly add 15,000 long-term spaces. If you have an elderly relative or friend, you care about this outrageous reality – in which frail older couples are sent to different care homes after decades of marriage; families are given virtually no choice about the quality or location of the long-term home their relative goes to; people are forced to make long-term care decisions on a few days’ notice; and loved ones deteriorate as they wait months it to access this care. 

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https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-beds-yes-but-we-need-other-approaches-to-long-term-care-too

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