The secret of the 4 NURSING homes spared by the COVID-19

Le secret des 4 CHSLD épargnés par la COVID-19

In Montreal, the few NURSING homes in which the coronavirus has not made any victim are small private institutions where it has not waited for instructions before acting.

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According to a review conducted by our Office of investigation, there are only four accommodation centres, and long-term care (CHSLD) on the island of Montreal – the heart of the pandemic in Quebec, canada, with no deaths of the COVID-19 and no infections.

All private, these centres offer each fifty elderly people or less.

“Given that we are a small community, we had a facility to respond quickly,” says input game Frédéric Asselin, executive director of the CHSLD Angus, in the centre of Montreal, in an interview.

“It means,” says Mr. Asselin, is that there is not necessarily following the instructions or opinions, which come from the department or our CIUSS. ”

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The COVID-19 has not made any ravages in the CHSLD Angus, where there were 49 residents who were charging rates not approved.

One of the first steps taken by Mr. Asselin has been completely close the center to visitors, and this, as early as the 13th of march, when the directive was more or less applied elsewhere in Montreal.

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Withdrawals preventive paid

“Because of what was happening then with the passengers [returning from abroad], we suspected that there was something that wasn’t right,” he said.

But, according to Mr. Asselin, the real key to avoid the spread of the disease has been the management of staff and their involvement.

All employees with symptoms of the COVID-19, regardless of the results of the tests have subsequently been placed in preventive withdrawal from work with pay.

Even employees with symptoms and whose tests were negative were paid to avoid the pressure to return to work.

“We didn’t want employees to come to work, because they had a reason financial future,” says Mr. Asselin.

Another important point : part-time employees who worked in other centres have had to make a decision.

“We asked them to choose which employer they wanted to work. In this way, we avoided the spread of the coronavirus from the centres where there were outbreaks. ”

From left to right and from top to bottom, the CHSLD Angus, the CHSLD Bussey, the CHSLD Vigi Marie-Claret, and the CHSLD Castle on the lake.

Team work

The CHSLD Bussey, a small town agreement of 29 beds in Lachine completely spared by the COVID-19, the director-general Marie-Hélène Girard took the same concern to engage its employees.

“It was a big team work with them “, she says in an interview.

In a meeting with her staff, from the beginning of the crisis, Ms. Girard asked them to list the measures that they would like to see if the centre had to be declared a ” hot zone “.

They have asked that the centre may resort not to the agencies of temporary staff and part-time employees do not work in other institutions.

Ms. Girard has listened, and the measures have been implemented, which has contributed to the balance sheet without fault of the CHSLD.


We were able to identify at least four NURSING homes on the island of Montreal without any death or infection due to the COVID-19.

  • CHSLD Angus (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie), 49 spaces, private, non-contracted
  • CHSLD Bussey (Lachine), 29 places, private agreement
  • CHSLD Vigi Marie-Claret (Montreal-North), 52-seat, privately-contracted
  • CHSLD Castle on the lake (Sainte-Geneviève), 50 seats, non-contracted

Note : an agreement means that we apply the rates established by the government and non-contracted, that we don’t have to follow them.

The director of the CHSLD had purchased the equipment protection

The executive director of the CHSLD Bussey did not hesitate to put the hand to the dough to protect the center against the coronavirus and went to buy it-even the protective equipment required.

“Well yes, I went to buy things at RONA,” said Marie-Hélène Girard, in an interview.

At the beginning of the crisis, in mid-march, the protective equipment was missing and staff of the CHSLD were worried.

“The first thing that they wanted, it was to be well-equipped,” said Mrs. Girard.

“I tried to find other solutions,” she continued.

For lack of a better Ms. Girard has decided, therefore, to turn to the retailer RONA.

There, she bought some dust masks, protective shields, and combinations of laboratory.

“This was not recommended, but we did it anyway. It was better to have it than nothing. ”

The standard was eventually made available by the health agencies.

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