Dear Northern Health

My question to you is “What about the Ministry of Mental Health”? I feel obligated to write this letter to you” Northern Health” for myself and for our seniors.

 I am so ashamed of the way we are treating our seniors in extended care homes with regards to the covid pandemic.

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The rule that was put into place designated visitor, once a week, limited to 30 minutes, in a designated room , just doesn’t cut it. It is very high on the list of mental abuse for these seniors.

 I realize Northern Health is trying to protect our seniors of falling ill with covid 19, but in doing so the mental abuse they suffer is horrific. Walking by their windows and seeing them crying with outstretched arms wanting nothing more than to have a family member or friend visit is simply cruel. It is as bad as adult abuse to a child.

 These people put their trust in you “ Northern Health “ and this is what you have decided is best for them. (One designated visitor, once a week, limited to 30 minutes, in a designated room).

Ask yourself “How many family and friends have I seen and communicated with in the past six months”. Do the math and you will see that our seniors have had approximately thirteen hours of visitation in the past six months. It is disgusting and cruel. Something needs to be done. 

The rules need to change. 

Donna Stewart

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