FORSETH: Personally, I am beyond sick and tired, and fed up, with government wanting a pat on the back for doing little more than what we expect of them
|All smiles as BC NDP Health Minister Adrian|
Dix makes his announcement last Friday
He then continued, “Government is investing in these long-term care homes by adding new and replacement items, like beds and mattresses, and ceiling lifts and sensory rooms, so people can feel comfortable in their surroundings and enjoy their home-like setting”.
Over 8,000 items you say Mr. Dix. Well hell, if you want a pat on the back for this exceptional example of the wonders you provide to our seniors, then why not let us know the exact amount. Was it 8 thousand and one … 8 thousand and ninety-two … 8 thousand and thirty-nine?
Here’s a meal you’d love to eat Ms. Leonard – chicken cacciatore – an actual meal served at one of our provincials. Steamed chicken (it goes kind of grey looking after the amount of time it takes to get to the patients), with a swipe of red sauce painted across it.
Many times our seniors are served food items with plastic seals that are difficult for them to open, and there is not enough staff to offer assistance …
Toasters have been declared a ‘fire-hazard’, on the wards, so getting your family member or friend a piece of toast is impossible. Given that, I’d love to see what equipment is provided in staff rooms.
Sheets on their beds can have holes in them because of what must be the financial ‘efficiencies’ of contracting out; are there not be enough people to check bedding for damage needing repairs? That as well as resources not being there to buy new bedding to replace what is worn.
AND … “$240 million over three years to increase staffing levels in long-term care homes, with the goal of achieving the target 3.36 direct care hours per resident day – on average – across all health authorities …”.
Let me just say that I for one would be interested in seeing just what exactly goes into, and is meant by, ‘direct care hours’ … and I’m sure many of you would as well.