I accompanied my LinkedIn post of “please remain seated for the rest of your life” with a question:
“Would you want to be confined to a chair for hours every day at someone else’s whim?”
Canadian personal support worker (PSW) Paula Littzen answered in no uncertain terms. She wrote:
“No, and it is abuse to make anyone do so! It is unacceptable for this practice, and many more, to be allowed to occur in long-term care (LTC) facilities. The Government and Ministers of Health and LTC, Canada wide, need to open their eyes and ears, face the FACT that the current LTC system is abusive, extremely inadequate, often neglectful, and is not even meeting the basic human rights, and needs, of the people living there.
Our most vulnerable people are not being afforded the care they deserve and need. We know what is needed and must be implemented in LTC facilities to ensure our most vulnerable live their last few years well, happy, and properly cared for. We must hold our leaders accountable, and demand what needs to be done, be done! The current system is disgraceful to anyone with a brain, sight and hearing.”
You said it Paula! And thanks for caring for others the way that you would want to be cared for.
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