Canadian Forces To Help COVID-19 Long-Term Care Home In Vaughan

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Canadian soldiers will be deployed to a long-term care home in Vaughan that is struggling to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, according to the private company that owns the home.In a letter to the families of residents on Saturday, Sienna Senior Living says the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will help “provide care” to Woodbridge Vista Care Community, 5400 Steeles Ave W.

“This is good news for us, and it will provide our organization with the much needed capacity in the time to come,” said Lois Cormack, President and CEO of Sienna Senior Living, in the letter.

“I want to assure you that we will continue to work closely with all partners to protect us from the spread of COVID-19. Our sole objective is to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and our health care teams during this unprecedented period. . ”

The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care said in an email that CAF members were at home, a 224-bed facility, on Sunday for an assessment.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the CAF and will have more news to share on the next steps in the coming days,” the department said in the email.

The CAF itself has refused to say when exactly the military will start working at the home.

Hospital responsible for managing the house

On Thursday, the Ontario government announced that it had appointed William Osler Health System to temporarily manage the Woodbridge Vista Care Community because the home was unable to contain the spread of COVID-19. The health care system services Brampton, Etobicoke and surrounding communities.

Cormack said the home welcomes the support of the military and the hospital.

According to the York region, 22 deaths occurred at COVID-19 at home, Saturday at 5 p.m. The outbreak recorded a total of 102 cases involving residents, including deaths, and 40 cases involving health workers.

The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care said members of the Canadian Armed Forces were at home, a 224-bed facility, on Sunday to conduct an assessment. (CBC)

Canadian Army Deployment Responds To News That A Senior Official At Sienna Senior Living Is No Longer Employed After Being Seen To Be Mocking Family Members Of Residents There After Meeting virtual of the town hall.

Joanne Dykeman, former Sienna Senior Living’s executive vice president of operations mocked two family members after an online call was organized to address the family’s concerns on Wednesday.

Family member “relieved” to see army helping

Nick Puopolo, whose mother Saveria Puopolo, 85, is a resident of Woodbridge Vista Care Community, said that the deployment of the CAF is a positive development. Her mother, who has a mild case of COVID-19, was taken to hospital on Saturday for tests and returned home on Sunday.

“It’s just more help getting into the facility, which all family members are happy to hear,” Puopolo said on Sunday.

“From what I understand, the house still doesn’t have enough PSW and the military will certainly be there to help and help care for the elderly.”

Nick Puopolo, whose mother Saveria Puopolo, 85, is a resident of Woodbridge Vista Care Community, says that the families of the residents are relieved that the military is coming to help. ‘I think it’s great. I think it’s well overdue, “he said. (Salex)

Puopolo said resident families have been lobbying government officials for weeks to intervene at the facility because they believe residents are being neglected and, in some cases, have become dehydrated.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s well overdue, “he added.

Puopolo said he was confident that if he and his wife hadn’t recorded Dykeman saying “disparaging” things, nothing would have happened at Woodbridge Vista Care Community and Sienna would still run the facility.

“We would get no response. More of our elderly families in the facility would end up with COVID-19, “he said.

“We are relieved that this is happening. It’s just a little bit difficult to admit that it took something like this for the government to take action and for someone running the facility to be fired for not doing their job properly. “

The hospital will provide a “rigorous management structure”

In a press release Thursday, the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care said the home was unable to contain the spread of COVID-19 among its residents, even though it received the health system support William Osler.

“In these unprecedented times, it is important to use all available tools to keep Ontarians safe,” said Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Dr. Merrilee Fullerton. (Frank Gunn / Canadian Press)

The appointment of the hospital as interim director will provide the home with a “rigorous management structure” to help contain the spread, the ministry said.

In addition, the hospital will be able to restore the normal functioning of the house, he added.

“In these unprecedented times, it is important to use all available tools to keep Ontarians safe,” said Long Term Care Minister Dr. Merrilee Fullerton in the release.

In a May 31 letter to Premier Doug Ford, SEIU Healthcare, a union representing health care workers, asked the province to take control of the home after the transfer of 18 residents, most with COVID-19 , from the establishment to the hospital.

The union said the workforce was “dangerously low”, temporary workers could not fill the gap and staff had lost confidence in management’s ability to manage the home.

Sienna Senior Living, for her part, now says that families should email home if they have questions about the hospital and military response.

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