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Seniors Calling ~ Canadians will do whatever is necessary to avoid going into a Long-Term Care setting, report reveals

Seniors Calling ~ Canadians will do whatever is necessary to avoid going into a Long-Term Care setting, report reveals

NORTHERN, ONTARIO  ~~~~~~   July 19, 2021  (LSN)  By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be over 65. It’s a growing and diverse segment of the population with complex needs. Long-term Care, and the overall capacity and ‘wellness’ of this sector has emerged as one of the most important issues to Canadians at this particular juncture in time.

The pandemic has exposed the critical place we are in as a country on the state of long-term care and the urgent action that is required right now in safeguarding our most elderly citizens.

A report released Thursday, March 4th by the National Institute on Ageing in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association has revealed that many Canadians are reflecting on the state of long-term care in our Country. The report is titled, ‘Pandemic Perspectives on Long-Term Care: Insights from Canadians in Light of COVID-19.’

The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) is a public policy and research centre based at Ryerson University in Toronto. The NIA is dedicated to enhancing successful ageing across the life course. It is unique in its mandate to consider ageing issues from abroad range of perspectives, including those of financial, physical, psychological,and social well-being.The NIA is focused on leading cross-disciplinary, evidence-based, and actionable research to provide a blueprint for better public policy and practices needed to address the multiple challenges and opportunities presented by Canada’s ageing population.

Pandemic Perspectives Survey (PPS), is important research, undertaken by the NIA in conjunction with The Canadian Medical Association. The results of the research show that Canadians will do whatever is necessary to avoid going into a LongTerm Care (LTC) home. It also highlights ongoing public concern about the state and safety of Canada’s LTC homes — both before and during the pandemic. The NIA’s report, Pandemic Perspectives Survey was completed online, with 2,005 Canadians responding and was released in March, 2021.

Negative perceptions about Canada’s LTC system were stronger among populations most likely to enter LTC settings, namely Canadians aged 65 years and older. The same was true in the regions where LTC settings were hit the hardest by COVID-19, such as Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

Three-quarters (73%) of Canadians surveyed believe that the high number of deaths in LTC homes related to COVID-19 could have been reduced if governments had acted sooner.

The PPS survey found that the majority of Canadians (86%) believe that long-term care should be considered an integrated part of our health system and funded and administered accordingly. 47% rank improving the standards of LTC homes across Canada as one of their top 5 priorities for Canadian leaders, behind preparing to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine (63%), reducing the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing restrictions (57%) and ensuring Canada’s health system is prepared for future pandemics (49%) and ahead of eliminating backlog in health care (44%)

This sentiment increases as Canadians age. In fact, two-thirds (63%) of Canadians aged 65 years and older rank improving the standards of LTC homes as their most important priority after reducing the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing restrictions (63%) and distributing the  COVID-19 vaccine (72%).

The disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths in Canadian LTC and retirement homes has led to widespread concerns about the overall state of Canada’s LTC systems. These concerns are more prominent among older Canadians who are nearing or already at the stage of life when they must consider LTC options for themselves. The survey revealed that Canadian women are more concerned about this issue in comparison to men.

The survey has also highlighted concerns about the ability of federal, provincial and territorial governments to protect LTC residents. Only 39% of Canadians trust the federal government to protect LTC residents, and 43% feel this way about their provincial and territorial governments. Despite apprehensions about the ability of governments to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians still believe that solutions to fixing Canada’s LTC systems lie in government action. Specifically, Canadians believe that developing national standards for LTC and better integrating LTC homes into the health care system will be critical steps to restoring trust.

Indeed, the waves of COVID-19 pandemic have further prompted Canadians to reconsider their perspectives on the state of LTC, while Canada’s older population clearly regard the state of the nation’s LTC systems as an increasingly pressing issue that can no longer be ignored.

As longterm care has risen markedly as a priority issue for Canadians, the federal government announced in the Speech from the Throne on Sept. 23, 2020, a commitment “to work with provinces and territories to set new, national standards for long term care.”

There has been growing public pressure for federal leadership to address the disastrous conditions exposed and exacerbated by COVID-19, so movement here is sorely needed.

The throne speech also promised “further targeted measures for personal support workers” to “better value their work and their contribution to society.”

Similarly, the throne speech’s promise to implement “a Canada-wide early learning and childcare system” could also support these workers, given that women still bear the primary responsibility for care in the long-term care sector.

In a media release, the Canadian Nurses Association said they were pleased to see that the current COVID-19 pandemic was placed as the highest priority in order to protect and support people living in Canada, most notably, the elderly. “The government’s promises in the areas of aging and long-term care are positive ones. The pandemic has exposed our lack of preparation for the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases effectively and consistently, particularly in the long-term care sector.”

The National Association of Federal Retirees (NFAFR) president Jean-Guy Soulière said, “The government’s commitment to supporting seniors by establishing new national standards, and to act to ensure people can stay in their homes longer, are wins for older Canadians as well as an example of the strength of Federal Retirees’ advocacy,” says

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Retirees have focused their advocacy efforts on issues related to retirement security and ensuring health care remains strong and sustainable, and on moving governments to fix the troubling circumstances in older adult care. The NFAFR appeared before the House of Commons Human Resources Committee advocating for a national seniors strategy.

While the impact on LTC home residents and staff has been especially acute during the pandemic, Canadians harbour no illusions that the challenges facing LTC homes are the result of COVID-19. In fact, most Canadians believe the challenges facing Canada’s LTC systems predate the pandemic and that COVID-19 only exacerbated them.

Following further devastation during the 2nd wave, it’s not surprising that Canadians are expressing strong support for improving LTC home standards across Canada and better integrating LTC into the health care system. (photo courtesy National Institute on Ageing on twitter)

81% of all Canadians surveyed agree that the challenges facing LTC homes were evident before the pandemic, and COVID-19 only made them worse. This figure jumps to 92% for Canadians aged 65 years and older. Only around 1 in 4 (26%) respondents believe that LTC homes were safe and operated at high standards before the pandemic. This figure drops to 13% among Canadians aged 65 years and older.

A new survey is currently being undertaken by the organization, 'National Long-Term Care Services Standard'. Feedback is being sought from Canadians until July 31st, 2021. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Health Standards Organization (HSO) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) are working collaboratively on developing two new national standards for LTC that are shaped by the needs of residents, families and the LTC workforce. To complete the survey, click here.

HSO, an affiliate of Accreditation Canada (AC), is Canada’s only Standards Development Organization (SDO) solely dedicated to health and social services. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HSO will be revising the current Long-Term Care Services standard (last updated in 2020) to bring the voice of residents, families and the LTC workforce to the forefront of developing safe, reliable and high-quality care practices.

The survey conducted by Ipsos online and released in March, 2021 Pandemic Perspectives on Long-Term Care: Insights from Canadians in Light of COVID-19 surveyed 2,005 Canadians aged 18 years and older and was completed between Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, 2020. The findings have a margin of error of ± 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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Lynne Brown 
Lynne Brown

Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal ~ freelance contributor to Anishinabek News, Lake Superior News. Former Content Director Superior Media. Lynne developed 'Seniors Calling' as a regular feature for various publications. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through a farmers’ field for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royal was considered a very good day.

Lynne is mom to Kyle and Benjamin and a former resident of rural Thunder Bay. 

Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. @dlynnebrown on twitter 

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Follow the numbers for TBDHU Easter Month Long Lockdown

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved 
Cases
Deceased Hospitalized ICU
Apr 3 26 183 2673 53 12 3
Apr 5   9 163 2701 54 14 4
Apr 6  1 149 2716 54 14 5
Apr 7 15 148 2732 54 10 4
Apr 8  3 104 2779 54 10 4
Apr 9 12 101 2793 55 12 5
Apr 10 13   98 2809 55 13 5
Apr 11 Not  Reported        
Apr 12 13 91 2829 55 14 5
Apr 13 9 87 2841 56 13 4
Apr 14 4 72 2860 56 11 4
Apr 15 4 61 2875 56 10 5
Apri16 8 57 2885 58 12 4
Apr 17 4 56 2890 58 9 3
    Not  reported  Today    
             
Apr 20 11 54 2909 60 7 2
Apr 21  6 52 2916 61 7 2
Apr 22 11 59 2919 62 8 2
Apr 23 10 61 2927 62 8 2
Apr 24 10 67 2931 62 9 2
    Not  Reported  On Sundays    
Apr 26 10 69 2939 62 7 0
Apr 27  6 66 2948 62 8 2
Apr 28  5 61 2958 62 8 0
Apr 29 15 67 2967 62 7 0
Apr 30  1 63 2972 62 6 0
May 1  7 54 2988 62 6 1
May 2   Not Reported  On Sundays     
May 3 9 48 3003 62 6 1
May 4 6 44 3013 62 4 0
May 5 5 45 3017 62 5 0
May 6 5 45 3022 62 5 1
May 7 2 41 3028 62 3 1
May 8 5 37 3037 62 3 1
May 9   Not Reported  On Sundays    
May 10  7 40 3041 62 4 1
May 11  0 29 3052 62 3 1
May 12  8 31 3058 62 4 1
May 13  6 36 3059 62 4 1
May 14  4 34 3065 62 4 1
May 15  4 32 3071 62 4 1
May 16  Do  Not Report  On Sundays     
May 17  3 29 3077 62 4 1
May 18  1 25 3079 63 2 0
May 19  1 24 3081 63 2 0
May 20  7 31 3081 63 4 0
May 21  1 28 3085 63 5 0
May 22  4 25 3092 63 5 0
May 23 Do  Not  report  On Holidays     
May 24 Do Not  report  On Holidays     
May 25 4 24 3097 63 5 0
May 26  1 17 3105 63 3 0
May 27  5 19 3108 63 4 0
May 28 18
14
 3
 1
 33
First Nation
Distict 
TBay
3112 63 4 0
May 29 9
6
3
0
42
First Nation
Distict 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 5 0
May 30 Do  Not Report  on  Sundays    
May 31

17
8
4
5

54
First Nation
District 
Thunder Bay
3117 63 4 0
June  1  3
2
1
54
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
3120 63 3 0
June 2 4
2
2

Thunder Bay
First Nation
       
June 3 11
2
5
4
61
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3128 63 6 0
June 4 21
 1
13
 7
75
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Disrict 
3273 63 7 0
June 5 16
6

2
81
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3289 63 6 0
June 6 Do  Not  report on  Sunday     
June 7

10
 3
 6
 1

67
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3169 63 7 1
June 8   
 0
 0 
 1
 60
Thunder Bay
First Natiomn 
 District  
3175 63 5 1
June 9  
0
1

 
56
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3181 63 5 1
June 10

3
0
1

51
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3190 63 5 1
June 11  1
3
0
47
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
 
3198 63 5 2
June 12
1
 2
3
39
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
       
June 13 Do  Not  remport on  Sunday  
June 14

1
5
0
 
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3224 63 6 3
June 15 1
2
0
33
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3227 63 6 3
June 16
1
3
1
35
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3230 63 6 3
June 17
1
0
0
31
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District
3234 64 4 2
June 18
1
0
0
29
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3235 64 5 2
June 19
0
1
0
23
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3242 64 4 2
June 20 Do not report  on  Sundays  
June 21

1
0
1

14
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3253 64 4 2
June 22
0
0
0
12
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
Districtg 
3255 64 3 2
June 23


0
0
0

9
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3258 64 3 2
June 24


0
1
2

10
Thunder Bay
First Nation 
District 
3260 64 3 2
June 25
1
0
0
10
Thunder Bay
First Nation
District 
3261 64 3 2
June 26
June 27
  No longer  Available  on  Weekends  
June 28

2
0
0
 
9
Thunder Bay
First Nation
Distict 
3264 64 3 1
June 29 0 6 3267 64 2 0
June 30 0 6 3267 64 2 0
             

 

Follow the Ontario numbers for Easter Month Long Lockdown

Ontario's 3rd lockdown start April 3 at 12.01 am. 
April 8th 1st stay of stay at home order for 28 days

Date Test Cases  Date  Tests Cases
May
31
18,200 916 June 16 28,100 384
June 
1
20,300 699 June 17 30,500 370
June 3 34,300 870 June 18 26,600 345
June 4 32,300 914 June 19 25,400 355
June 5 27,800 744 June 20 21,100 318
June 6 22,600 663 June 21 13,800 270
June 7 15,200 525 June 22 16,800 296
June 8 17,600 469 June 23 27,400 255
June 9 30,500 411 June 24 29,500 296
June 10 31,400 590 June 25 26,600 256

June 11

28,900 574 June 26 25,600 346
June 12  24,100 502 June 27 18,500 287
June 13 20,700 530 June 28 13,100 210
June 14 13,600 447 June 29 28,300 299
June 15 17,200 296 June 30 184 27,300

 

Date Test Cases Date  Test  Cases Date  Test  Cases  Date  Test Cases
April 1  62,300 2,557 Apr 16 64,300 4,812 May  1 46,800 3,369 May 16 33,100 2,199
Apr 2 121,400 3,089 Apr 17  56,900 4,362 May 2 45,300 3,732 May 17 24,500 2,170
Apr 3   3,009 Apr 18 53,800 4,250 May 3 33,200 3,436 May 18 22,900 1,616
Apr 4   3,041 apr 19 42,900 4,447 May 4 33,700 2,791 May 19 38,400 1,588
Apr 5    2,938 Apr 20 40,600 3,469 May 5 45,800 2,941 May 20 45,400 2,400
Apr 6 37,500 3,065 Apr 21 51,900 4,212 May 6 54,100 3,424 May 21 37,100 1,890
Apr 7 49,900 3,215 apr 22 54,200 3,682 May 7 51,300 3,166 May 22 34,600 1,794
Apr 8 63,800 3,295 apr 23 56,200 4,505 May 8 47,800 2,864 May 23 31,200 1,691
Apr 9 61,400 4,227 Apr 24 52,200 4,094 May 9 38,500 3,216 May 24 16,900 1,446
Apr 10 61,400 3,813 Apr 25 46,700 3,947 May 10 27,200 2,716 May 25 20,200 1039
Apr 11 56,400 4,456 Apr 26 33,800 3,510 May 11 28,100 2,073 May 26 24,000 1,095
apr 12 47,900 4,401 Apr 27 34,000 3,265 May 12 45,700 2,320 May 27 37,700 1,135
Apr 13 42,200 3,670 Apr 28  50,200 3,480 May 13 47,600 2,759 May 28 40,900 1,273
Apr 14  54,200 4,156 Apr 29 56,900 3,871 May 14 44,000 2,362 May 29 33,600 1,057
Apr 15 65,600 4,736 Apr 30 53,100 3,887 May 15 42,300 2,584 May 30 26,600 1,033

 

TBDHU goes into Grey Lockdown March 1st 12.01 am.

Population of Thunder Bay District (2016)  146,048

Date  New
Cases
Active
Cases 
Resolved
Cases 
Deceased  Hospitalized 
ICU
Feb 27   335 1218 30 23 7
Feb 28   343 1239 30 26 9
March 1 56 376 1262 30 29 9
March 2  40 374 1304 30 26 9
March 3  26 389 1314 31 29 10
March 4 61 397 1366 32 29 10
March 5 48 389 1422 32 27 8
March 6 40 386 1465 32 35 11
March 7 111 470 1492 32 37 11
March 8 30 462 1529 33 36 10
March 9  58 458 1589 35 29 9
March 10 46 414 1677 37 31 10
March 11 46 423 1714 37 35 9
March 12 82 435 1784 37 35 8
March 13 43 446 1816 37 36 9
March 14 40 437 1865 37 37 9
March 15 51 446 1906 38 44 7
March 16 35 403 1984 38 39 8
March 17 68 424 2030 39 38 8
March 18 40 406 2088 39 39 12
March 19 38 399 2133 39 44 15
March 20 32 379 2185 39 45 16
March 21 20 362 2222 39 35 12
March 22  9 325 2267 40 35 12
March 23 29 305 2316 40 31 7
March 24 25 286 2355 45 26 5
March 25 33 283 2390 46 28 5
March 26 20 259 2434 46 28 4
March 27 29 233 2488 47 20 3
March 28  21 216 2526 47 19 4
March 29 12 207 2547 47 19 4
March 30 25 199 2576 51 17 3
March 31 34 216 2592 52 18 3
April 1 23 210 2621 52 18 3
             
             
             
             

This is the total number of deaths among cases in which COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death

 

Number of Test and Number of Cases of COVID Ontario

Date Tests Cases Date Tests  Cases  Date Tests Cases
Feb 11 68,800 945 Mar 1 35,000 1,023 Mar 19 56,100 1,745
Feb 12 62,000 1,076 Mar 2  30,800 966 Mar 20 52,100 1,829
Feb 13 58,800 1,300 Mar 3 52,600 958 Mar 21 49,200 1,791
Feb 14 48,700 981 Mar 4 65,600 994 Mar 22 31,100 1,699
Feb 15 27,000 964 Mar 5  64,700 1,250 Mar 23 32,600 1,546

Feb 16

30,400 904 Mar 6 57,800 990 Mar 24 52,000 1,571
Feb 17 34,000 847 Mar 7 46,600 329 Mar 25 60,100 2,380
Feb 18 56,200 1,038 Mar 8 38,100 568 Mar 26 53,400 2,169
Feb 19 65,400 1,150 Mar 9  33,300 1,185 Mar 27 61,000 2,453
Feb 20 57,200 1,228 Mar 10 54,100 1,316 Mar 28  50,200 2,448
Feb 21 Not report Not Report Mar 11 60,600 1,092 Mar 29  39,500 2,094
Feb 22 31,200 1,058 Mar 12 64,600 1,371 Mar 30  36,100 2,336
Feb 23 26,000 975 Mar 13  58,400 1,468 Mar 31 52,500 2,333
Feb 24  54,900 1,054 Mar 14 47,600 1,747 April 1  62,300 2,557
Feb 25 66,400 1,138 Mar 15 34,000 1,268      
Feb 26 64,000 1,258 Mar 16 28,500 1,074       
Feb 27 59,400 1,185 Mar 17 49,100 1,508      
Feb 28 49,200 1,062 Mar 18 58,600 1,553      
                 

 

Covid and test During Ontario Lockdown

December 26th is day one of lockdown in Ontario 

Date Tests #Cases  Date Test Cases Date  Tests Cases
Dec 26   2,142 Jan 11     Jan 26 30,700 1,740
Dec 27   2,005 Jan 12     Jan 27 55,200 1,670
Dec 28   1,939 Jan 13     Jan 28 64,700 2,093
Dec 29   2,553 Jan 14     Jan 29 69,000 1,837
Dec 30 39,200 2,923 Jan 15     Jan 30 59,600 2,063
Dec 31   3,328 Jan16  73,900 3,056 Jan 31 49,400 1,848
Jan 1   2,476       Feb 1 30,400 1,969
Jan 2   3,363 Jan 17     Feb 2 28,600 745
Jan 3 49,800 2,964 Jan 18     Feb 3 52,400 1,172
Jan
4
    Jan 19     Feb 4 64,500 1,563
Jan 5 35,200 3,128 Jan 20     Feb 5  62,700 1,670
Jan 6     Jan 21 70,300 2,632 Feb 6 62,300 1,388
Jan 7     Jan 22 71,800 2,662 Feb 7 51,700 1,489
Jan 8     Jan 23 63,500 2,359 Feb 8  28,300 1,265

Jan 9

72,900 3,443 Jan 24  48,900 2,417 Feb 9 30,800 1,022
Jan 10     Jan 25 36,000 1,958 Feb 10 52,500 1,072

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