Our guest speaker this month is award-winning author Jill Downie. You can read more about Jill on her website http://www.jilldownie.com/index.html
Pictures compliments of J Armstrong
May 3rd is the last day to sign & share the open letter ” in support of LTC standards and placing LTC under the Canada Health Act…”
Open Letter to the Minister of Seniors and the Minister of HealthFrom the April 28, 2021 Club Action News Letter
Re: Common Standards & Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act
Dear Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing negligence, inadequate care, and a lack of preparation in many Canadian long-term care (LTC) residences. These deficits resulted in high infection rates among LTC residents and staff and contributed to thousands of preventable deaths. As Canada battles a third-wave of infections, we need our governments – federal and provincial – to work together to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned over the current situation for seniors and staff in long-term care facilities in Canada. We are calling for the establishment of common evidence-based standards that ensure all vulnerable Canadians can live in safety, comfort, and dignity and have access to high-quality, affordable long-term care. We are also calling on all levels of government to work together and create universal, accessible, regulated, respectful, and quality long-term care for the immediate and growing needs of elderly and vulnerable persons in Canada by extending the joint federal/provincial/territorial jurisdiction already in place under the Canada Health Act to cover long-term care.
In the 2020 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada recognized that the COVID pandemic quickly evolved into a national tragedy in Canada’s LTC homes. The Government acknowledged that “[e]lders deserve to be safe, respected, and live in dignity,” and committed to an ambitious agenda that supports national standards of care and taking action to help people stay in their homes longer. These life-saving actions, however, have yet to materialize. It is unacceptable that nearly 70% of all COVID deaths in Canada have been in LTC facilities, as of March 2021, the worst record among wealthy nations.
It is clear that national standards, increased funding directly tied to care, increased staffing, fair pay and improved working conditions, proper protective equipment, and the overall public provision of high-quality and safe long-term care, are the solutions. We implore you to act on implementing common standards of care, eliminating for-profit LTC homes, and follow through with the actions outlined in the Federal Government’s Throne Speech & Budget 2021. Please protect the rights, health, and safety of elderly persons and the vulnerable in Canada.
From the April 28, 2021 Club Action Newsletter
- Write a letter to your MP/MPP/MLA about the urgent need for standards of quality-controlled care. Email or snail mail!
- Hang a poster in your community. Click here for printable posters
- Attend the May 4 Town Hall! Click here to register!
- Make a sign in support of LTC justice
- Write a letter to the editor in your local newspaper about LTC
- Raise awareness on social media
- Download & post one of these pictures
- On Twitter? Copy & paste one of these Tweets:
- “Common evidence-based standards for #LTC will ensure that the most vulnerable can live in safety, comfort, and dignity! #ProtectOurSeniors #LTCJustice”
- “Canada needs universal, accessible, regulated, respectful, and quality long-term care to #ProtectOurSeniors! #LTCJustice”
- Click here for more ideas & key politicians’ Twitter handles
- Sign & share our Open Letter to the Minister of Seniors & Minister of Health
- Tell a friend or family member about your concerns & why you’re taking action
- Encourage them to learn more or take action themselves
- Share the CFUW LTC & Elder Rights toolkit