I believe this is in direct violation of my Mother’s rights, according to the pamphlet “Every Resident Bill of Rights For People who live in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes”, as well as the staff, who try to keep a high standard of living for the residents.
1. Respect and Dignity - Staff will be even more short of time for toileting and bathing; therefore, there is an increased chance of bladder infections, as she is not very mobile and has already developed bed sores and Edema in the feet and ankles. Plus increased incidents of going to the dining room in wet incontinence products, which took place even before these cuts.
2. Emotional Abuse - Not being mobile, as previously stated, she spends most of her time in bed, due to the Edema of her feet and ankles. When she spent time in the lounge in a chair, she was again left wet in public in front of a television, which rarely has anything of interest showing, surrounded by mostly sleeping residents.
3. Neglect - Due to being in her room the majority of the time, she feels lonely and ignored, and again, this was before the staff cuts.
4. Proper Care - She has been receiving two baths each week, but with cuts, I am not sure this will be possible. Most residents require one or two person assists to get out of bed. With more than thirty people on her floor already, there is a strong odour of urine and feces as you enter her floor.
5. Safe and Clean Home - Staff will need to rush to meet residents needs, which could easily lead to injury. Also, there are already many unmade beds.
6. Independence - She is very reliant on PSW’s for all needs and since she requires two people to assist her in and out of bed, her life will be very limited.
7. Written Policies - There was no written notification of this change. After the changes were made, there was verbal communication, and the first meeting was held Friday, August 7th, at 6 p.m., but few were told about the meeting and there was very little notice.
Residents in these types of homes are generally low income, low mental capacity, low family support and little physical ability. There are few advocates for them or the staff.
While some of these concerns have been ongoing over the time my Mother has been a resident, I believe these cuts make it imperative that action must be taken before there are serious consequences.