COVID-19 has exposed the shortcomings with the standards governing long-term care (LTC) residences in Quebec. Seniors represent the largest percentage of fatalities in LTC facilities during the pandemic. Equally at risk have been the health of staff and health professionals working in these facilities.
The Quebec Council of Women (QCW) and the Quebec Council of University Women’s Clubs (QCUWC) is alarmed with the lack of adequate standards and care for seniors living in LTC facilities. Our concerns are equally shared by Me. Marie Rinfret of the Quebec Ombudswoman’s Office, in her recent annual report, portraying a poignant assessment that “… speaks out against situations in which people who are among society’s most vulnerable do not get the services they have the right to receive. In many cases, facilities and institutions have long been aware of these major failings.”
The QCW and the QCUWC provided a petition on December 29 requesting from the Quebec government a number of critical changes about the need for measurable and adequate standards for LTC facilities.
It is imperative that as many Quebecers as possible sign the following petition in the National Assembly, if we want to improve the standards of LTC facilities for our seniors.
Signing deadline : March 16, 2021
Click and sign one of the following:
— Council of University Women’s Clubs
— Quebec Council of Women