Sharyl Hudson Blog

Last week Hudson Restoration made a donation of supplies to Brierwood Nursing Home in Brantford, Ontario. Supplies included body wash, skin cream, soaps, snacks for the staff and residents and some Easter goodies for everyone. We met the Director of Care, Julia Fawcett and the Executive Director, Brenda Nadeau. They were thrilled to be acknowledged and to get the supplies to the residents.
Ontario Nursing Homes have been wanting for a very long time. Over staffed and under paid PSW’s, nurses and physicians are doggedly committed to making a broken system work. These workers are dedicated and some of the hardest working people in the province. They genuinely care for our most vulnerable population, the elderly.
Brierwood is currently COVID free, for now. The nurses, PSW’s and physicians are now donning PPE and face masks. The diningroom has been extended to the activity room, and tables have been moved 2 meters apart. Temperatures are being taken twice a day to monitor any onset of the virus.
But other nursing homes, such as the one in Bobcaygeon, are not so fortunate. The virus death toll is now at 21.
“The province also issued a new Emergency Order on March 28 that introduced temporary additional staff members to help in the facilities and allowed homes more flexibility in staff deployment.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford spoke to the concerns about long-term care homes earlier this week at a press conference, stating that the province is “sparing no expense” when it comes to protecting the elderly.
“I just wish we had a crystal ball a month ago, a month and a half ago, to see where this was going but it is all hands on deck. I won’t spare a penny,” he said.
In Quebec, almost a quarter of the province’s long-term care homes are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, which amounts to 519 facilities, Premier Francois Legault said at a press conference on April 1.
Quebec has promised $133 million to seniors’ residences so new staff can be hired and Legault also said the province will help pay for hotel costs for workers who want to isolate from families to limit the exposure of others…..”
While we applaud the measures that are being taken to protect our most vulnerable, the problem of overcrowding in Ontario nursing homes has been prevalent for years now. Politicians have known about this problem for a long time, and kept it as one of its deep dark secrets. There has been little transparency and virtually no innovation in terms of our aging population.
If Covid has taught us anything, no news is not good news. We need to admit our shortcomings when it comes to where we are with our aging population and where we are going. We need to compensate the people that care for our aged towards a level that they deserve. We need to provide lodging that is worthy of place that our seniors can call home.
Lets look at this with eyes wide open and move forward with fierce, heartfelt commitment.