“A real prison”, according to a voluntary

«Une vraie prison», selon une volontaire

A young lawyer came to lend a hand in a private CHSLD Laval denounces that all residents were confined in their room 24 hours on 24, without the possibility to stretch your legs.

In a letter addressed to the prime minister, François Legault, to the minister of Health, Danielle McCann, and the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda, Maude Lepine describes the impacts, both physical and psychological experienced by seniors.

“What was the room became a cell, and we, caregivers, have become their jailers. These are conditions of life, neither more nor less than inhumane, which cause them suffering without a name “, wrote the lawyer of 28 years, turned upside down since she has left aside his toga to put on the uniform of beneficiaries attendant, four weeks ago.

In an interview with The Newspaper, she explains having to reluctantly “play the police” to ensure that patients remain in their ” small room “, even those who are not infected with the COVID-19. She does not hesitate to describe these conditions of life as ” a real prison “.

“Draconian measures”

“They can’t even go outside to take walks in the corridor, even less outside. It’s just really a lot to affect them. They are in the process of turning insane “, drops the young woman, completely stunned.

Several NURSING homes, including the Villa Val of Trees in Laval, where works Mrs. Lépine, homes and other residences for seniors have decided to use such ” draconian measures “, the lawyer deplores.

“The nursing staff are witnessing, powerless, the inexorable decline of the autonomy and cognitive ability and physical of their residents “, says Ms. Lepine, in the letter.

She implores the government to introduce changes as soon as possible.

“It is your responsibility to ensure that the measures that are currently in place in NURSING homes, which restrict significantly the rights and freedoms of the elderly, are proportionate, justified and necessary “, she says.

Outputs framed ?

In her missive, she also offers solutions, such as allowing the output framed.

“[It would] send in reinforcements in NURSING homes, specialists in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, massage therapy and rehabilitation, and psychologists, which have as their mission to treat and stimulate physically the elderly and provide them with psychological support, ” says Ms. Lepine.

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