Mitigating Risk without Isolation

Mikelenas-Mcloughlin, former president of the Etobicoke chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP) is among the advocates calling on government, long-term care homes and health providers to ensure seniors don’t face the same type of isolation now as they did in previous waves of the pandemic.  The isolation experienced by older adults confined to their rooms can be devastating.

Concerns are mounting as Ontario records an estimated 100,000 to 120,000 daily cases during this sixth wave of the virus. 

Bill VanGorder, CARP Chief Operating and Policy Officer, says that since the government is showing no sign of adopting further restrictions, the onus is on families’ health providers to advocate for seniors.

“What we need is consistency and an ability for patients and their families, our residents and their families, to be able to help make the decision. Seniors want decisions made with them — not for them.”

He said clear communication is key, noting that providers must avoid inconsistency with rules, because it can lead to confusion and anger.