The heat wave is beating down on NURSING homes and the challenge is great. How to refresh the residents in the context of a pandemic?
“The people who are most at risk are those aged 80 years and more, often with cognitive problems. For these individuals hydrated, it is not obvious, it is often necessary to help. And there is a lack of staff in many institutions,” says dr. Pierre Gosselin.
This doctor of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec recommends two to three hours of fresh air per day for residents in NURSING homes.
The risks related to heat on the people most vulnerable are real.
In the summer of 2018, the province has experienced heat records, causing nine deaths in the CHSLD de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec and there was no virus in the equation.
“The residents are lower as a result of the stress experienced in the last few months. They are less well nourished and hydrated. It is clear that it may trigger an increase in mortality,” he continued.
The Residence Louis Denoncourt in Trois-Rivières is part of the CHSLD priority. A list drawn up two years ago by the CIUSSS of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec. The accommodation centre is located in an island of heat. Work was initiated to create corridors of freshness.
The heat wave early will also be difficult for staff who already carries masks, visors, gowns and protective gloves.
The 27 NURSING homes in the area have established areas of freshness. The residents will be taken while respecting the distancing physical. In addition, steps are underway to install systems of air conditioning systems temporary in some institutions.