COVID-19: housing for seniors on the alert

COVID-19: les résidences pour aînés sur le qui-vive

Even if the prime minister of Quebec wants a gradual return to normal life, the reopening of primary schools and child care facilities is causing concern to managers of residences for seniors which are afraid to enter the virus by the members of the staff.

Until then spared by the Covid-19 at the price of many efforts, institutions in the region of Quebec anticipate with anxiety the return in class of children of employees.

From the beginning of the crisis, the residence la Seigneurie de Lévy has deployed a number of ways to avoid bringing the virus in its walls.

Residence La Seigneurie de Lévy

However, for Catherine Paré, director general, the reopening of primary schools from may 11, raises concerns.

“The majority of my employees want to return their children to school or daycare”, she expressed.

For this home in Lévis, he is fifteen employees on thirty.

“If a child, who is asymptomatic, transmit the virus to an employee who is also asymptomatic, it is a problem. It multiplies the risk exponentially, ” said Ms. Paré, who also manages The Lordship of Jasmin-St-Georges.

Concerns shared

The Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés (RQRA) also shares these concerns.

“We don’t want to be the second wave of the outbreak. The problem is in the CHSLD. For seniors, it’s going relatively well with the exception of a score of hot spots, except that here, we are going to have employees whose spouse returns to work that are going to send their children to school. There, it no longer works. While the prime minister does not want to déconfiner residences for seniors, it is a great paradox. One says one thing and its contrary,” reacted Yves Desjardins, president and ceo of the RQRA.


This is without counting the absences that might occur, ” he said.

At the beginning of the crisis, Ms. Paré had put in place a system of child care facilities for employees ‘ children, drawing on the resources of the home. However, given the lack of family caregivers, the manager was not able to maintain this service. This system has worked for two weeks until the opening of the child care services emergency access was more limited.

For weeks, the employees are doing everything possible to protect the residents.

“It’s just we put a brick on the head. We take into our homes at the end of arm. We put ourselves at risk,” said Ms. Paré.• Read also: Gilles Lehouillier is a supporter of the “nationalization” of the CHSLD-private• see also: Gilles Lehouillier is a supporter of the “nationalization” of the CHSLD private

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