‘They’re not allowed to have showers’: What it’s like to live in a long-term care home

Caryn Ceolin, CityNews, Toronto, Ontario

Imagine going almost a month without a shower. That’s the reality for many long-term care residents, with just over have of Ontario’s nursing homes fighting active coronavirus cases and struggling to deal with the pressure of overburdened staff. Helen DaSilva is the essential caregiver for her 83-year-old mother in LTC. DaSilva told CityNews staffing is so short at her mother’s facility due to illness, public health guidelines have confined residents to their rooms for weeks and even minimal care, in some cases, difficult.
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