Stand up for senior health

Complain to provincial government before it’s too late

To the editor:

Will you care for your parents when they need you?

I know many seniors in facilities who rarely see their families.

Maybe you’re just too busy with your job and your kids. And when you do see them, it can be rather unpleasant because they are often miserable and complain about everything. What do they have to complain about?

Don’t they have medical professionals at their beck and call? No, in many facilities they do not.

Provincial government facilities have insufficient staff and services, such as therapy, due to a lack of funding. Whereas many privately owned “facilities for profit” choose to neglect our seniors. After all, their investors are expecting those large dividends.

This government allows this “business of neglect” by refusing to enforce adequate standards of care.

My research has proven that the senior health-care system has been going down-hill for years. What level of care will the system provide for you in the future?

The citizens of this province must stop this decline now. Our future depends upon the protest we make, now. We must raise our voices to a level that can no longer be ignored by this government.

Anyone with a personal account of abuse or neglect of a loved one in a facility can make a difference by e-mailing me their story, which I will forward to the government.

Please remember that children learn by example. If they see that you have not taken the time to protect your loved ones, will they protect you?

Judy Galley