I first finished reading a “Letter to the Editor” from the Standard written by Jean Wilson.
I know exactly how she feels, because my Mother was a resident in a Nursing Home in Oshawa for seven years. I visited her each day but I still worried about her when I was home. I hired staff from a Company titled “Quality of Life”. They are independent, and have individuals take a resident for a walk outside, play cards, have a coffee, etc. You pay by the hour or half hour.
I felt much better, knowing Mom had company when I wasn't there. Plus, they would contact me if anything happened. To me, it was a small price to pay. My Mother passed away December 2013, and my friend from Quality of Life still calls me once a week to have a chat. She is very loving and her staff are the same.
If you have Family in a Nursing Home you need to have an advocate for them, constantly, because “Remember they were there for you”.
I am truly sorry to hear of the cuts to the PSW staff because they are the backbone of the Nursing Home. I think it is ludicrous; Nursing Homes are short-staffed to begin with. I agree, there should be action taken before there are serious consequences!
Joanne Leach, Port Perry