Seniors, the hungry and dehydrated

Aînés affamés et déshydratés

Several seniors of NURSING conducted in hospitals in recent weeks have died, not of the coronavirus, but because they had lacked water and food.

“It is clear that the deaths that we have seen [at the hospital] are not all attributable to the COVID-19 “, stressed in an interview yesterday Dr. Vinh-Kim Nguyen, an emergency physician based at the jewish general Hospital, who has been designated to handle cases of coronavirus in Montreal.

Because of the shortage of staff in the accommodation centres, and long-term care (CHSLD), seniors who had been left to themselves, have been transferred in a poor condition at the hospital, ” says Dr. Nguyen.

“The problem, he explains, is that there was not enough [staff in NURSING homes] to feed these people. So, they were tired of hunger. It must be said. We, what we see in the hospital, these are patients who come completely dehydrated, in kidney failure, because they have not drunk enough since many days. ”

Already vulnerable

In most cases, it is elderly confused, struggling with cognitive problems, which were already failing health. Dehydration and under-nutrition have increased their condition, ” says Dr. Nguyen, and have contributed to their deaths.

He claims to have been witness, in the hospital, more deaths of this kind.

The emergency physician, who is also part of Doctors without borders, believes that the conditions of the residents of NURSING homes have taken a wrong turn when the family visits were prohibited.

They conferred often, he says, a part of the care for these elders is very poor.

Aînés affamés et déshydratés

Michèle Charpentier

Professor of social work at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Michèle Charpentier, sharing the diagnosis of Dr. Nguyen.

“It is clear that there are deaths collateral in the crisis of the COVID-19. These are the people in
CHSLD who die of dehydration, lack of care, lack of attention and comfort their relatives “, she stressed in an interview.

Let himself die

The university is specialized in gerontology and its contacts on the ground tell him also that older persons in NURSING homes allow themselves to be outright die.

“[They] let go and, eat more. They are dehydrated and probably live forms of anxiety and depression in the face of the context around them. ”

Ms. Carpenter referred to cases in which the heart-rending of the frail elderly and confused, who are in great distress after having been cut off from their families.

“There is a complete break,” she said, with people that older people love, that are important to them. ”

Horror and distress

She referred to the case of this grandmother, a montreal-based 94-year-old.

“There [because of the COVID-19], arrive full of masked faces. What a horror ! Let’s just imagine for a moment how a lady Polish 94-year-old (who does not speak neither French nor English), which has cognitive deficits, which no longer sees his daughter or his son and who does not grasp what is happening, react to this situation. She sees lots of people she does not know with masks. Imagine his distress. ”

It gives cold in the back

“There was not enough [staff in NURSING homes] to feed these people. So, they were tired of hunger. It must be said. “

– Dr Vinh-Kim Nguyen, an emergency physician at jewish general Hospital of Montreal

“These are deaths of people in NURSING homes who die of dehydration, lack of care, lack of attention and comfort from their loved ones. “

– Michèle Charpentier, a professor of social work at UQAM

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