Lack of caregivers: where are we?

Where do we stand with the problem of the lack of nursing staff at CHSLD George Frederick?

Nothing has changed. After some solidarity efforts, the executives returned to their own problems, not negligible as well.

But the caregiver is still out of breath. Nothing has moved.

We, as a people, have a short memory. Last summer, we proclaimed loud and clear that the problem of lack of nursing staff at our CHSLD was an emergency, we would “see it”, we could not abandon our seniors without the appropriate care, nor the staff in a state of fatigue and distress, to make additional time required …

Winter has arrived, and it seems that this situation has now become acceptable … since nothing has happened. And we do not talk about it much anymore.

Oh yes, it’s true, it takes a little patience, there is a new government, it must be given a chance, and then during the campaign, the CAQ had “health” as a priority .

Let’s see where we are.

In his opening remarks this week, our new Prime Minister says education is the priority. Noble priority. And we urge him to deal with the environment. The health? As for the other “priorities”, no detail, no schedule, no program. Our elders will have to wait.

Oh, and let’s not forget that the CEO of the “CIUSS-MCQ” went on tour in the region, to cope with the population and to convince him that he had fully assessed the situation, he promised “to see it”.

Let’s see where we are.

The news has fallen: he is leaving the ship. We must give the new CEO the chance to repeat the assessment of the situation again. Our elders will have to wait.

Of course, it is quite possible that measures are being developed, taken, and put into action. We may even be concocting a brand new acronym to replace the impressive CIUSS-MCQ. We may also be thinking that if attention is shifted elsewhere, we will no longer be concerned about the deep distress of humans caring for our parents and spouses, who are also “human”.

Perhaps it is too much to ask for education, the environment and health at the same time. In other words, to chew gum while walking by talking on the phone, too complicated, not paying enough. Our new Prime Minister apparently does not like the impossible word. Because he is able to achieve the impossible, or because he prefers not to deal with difficult cases? Will have to see.

Maybe if we look elsewhere for a long time, seniors will eventually die, nurses, assistants, and attendants will eventually leave the job, either to find another job or on sick leave, and they will stop cry.

Once again, we must remember an evidence that hangs from our noses.

One day, we will be called to live in the CHSLD. Maybe then … we’ll regret not doing anything.

Last hour: the Québec Ombudsman, apparently the only member of our ruling class to understand and acknowledge the problem, mentions that the CHSLD situation is dangerously close to abuse. In a slightly annoyed tone that says “Turn on, group!” Thank you, ma’am. It feels good to hear.

Our new Minister of Seniors is sorry.

Sorry. She is … sorry and reveals that in secret, she already visits CHSLDs. In other words, she will “see it”.

One day, it will stop to see, and start to act.