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NORTH BAY – Every bell that sounds is a vulnerable person in need of care, and the staff at long-term care facilities know this as they juggle tasks that delay them from answering those calls.
“We do our best, but the residents deserve better,” said Amanda Farrow, a registered practical nurse at Eastholme Home for the Aged in Powassan.
She’s a member of CUPE’s Health Care Co-ordinating Committee joining other health care workers from the region for a rally in North Bay calling on the province to increase funding so long-term care facilities can improve staffing levels for the residents in their care.
Most residents are over the age of 85, although facilities are seeing more younger residents with cognitive issues related to dementia, she said. (more)