Then, in The Pines, a fine LTC facility in Bracebridge, they are closed due to a respiratory issue. I visit often, and truly wonder why news is not spread.
There should be a place where building, floor or wing closures can be listed. In fact, these incidents need to be tracked. It was in 1999 that Flu was blamed for 20 deaths at nursing home, (Last Updated: Friday, Nov. 10, 2000) CBC News). Until the Health Department becomes involved, no data seems to be kept. What about the homes where seniors are ill, family members cannot visit, and no deaths occur? Having flu is horrible when you are young and able, when you are incontinent and unable to take care of your bodily needs it must be frightening.
Those working in LTC, travelling from home to home, and resident to resident must be the most vigilant. at risk are LTC residents who require hospitalization a few days, only to return bringing risky bacteria and viruses. I would call on the Ministry to keep data on this information.Track incidents and require LTC homes to be more vigilant with hand washing.
It is a shame that such are kept fairly quiet by facilities.