At the heart of the red zone of a CHSLD de Longueuil

Au cœur de la zone rouge d’un CHSLD de Longueuil

While the déconfinement increases and life begins to return slowly to normal, the situation is still problematic, even chaotic, multi-center long-term care (CHSLDS) in the province.

A team of TVA News went into the red zone of a CHSLD where the situation was critical until the arrival of reinforcements expected, came to assist the staff of breath.



Prior to the pandemic, there were 105 residents at CHSLD Henriette Céré in the borough of Saint-Hubert in Longueuil, quebec. Of the number, 88 were infected by the COVID-19 and 31 have died. Just seven of the seniors living in the facility are considered cured.

The reinforcements

The operations of this centre long-term care have been greatly disturbed, because some fifty employees have contracted the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, Ambulance Demers, who has been serving the Montérégie region, has allowed 21 paramedics and graduates in technical ambulance who are in his employment to come and work there to help the staff.



Even if they have a medical training, the team leader of the CHSLD must remind them of the basic rules. The orderlies tell them of the procedure to follow for the care reconciled with the elderly.



The red zone

Christine Provost, a nurse of forty years ‘ experience working in the ltc facility for the past 11 years, is dedicated in the corridor of the red area on the first floor.



“We are not here for the working conditions. Not for the wage not more. Otherwise, there is no “tough run”,” said the nurse.

“A tsunami, which we had picked up. It is necessary to adapt to the day-to-day. I’ve lost several residents. It is difficult. There are, it’s been eleven years that I know of. It is a mourning with each death, it is as small families,” said the nurse.



For the ambulance René Durand, come to help the CHSLD Henriette Céré is a “beautiful new challenge”.

“Usually, it occurs sporadically in NURSING homes for 20 to 30 minutes and then, after that, we leave. Participate in care during work shifts of 12 hours, this is completely new for us,” he said.

“We’re doing this on a voluntary basis, though humbly, to give a helping hand to our colleagues in the health network who are exhausted,” added Mr Jones.


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