Letter to editor in response to widespread negative long-term care press

June 4, 2013 — Deron Hamel

Sandra Graham recently had a message for media: despite the negative press long-term care has been getting lately, there are lots of good things that happen every day in homes.

In a letter to the editor published in the May 30 edition of the Trent Hills Independent, Graham, whose mother was a resident at Burnbrae Gardens until she passed away in February, commended the staff at the Campbellford long-term care home for the care and quality of life they provided her mother.

“Mom was always treated with loving care, compassion, and tenderness as are all the residents there,” she wrote. “(The residents) are taken on various outings, enjoy musical entertainment, are served tasty meals and snacks, and the list goes on.”

In the letter, which was published under the headline “Grateful for Sincere Caregivers,” Graham discusses the press the long-term care sector has received in recent months.

She cites media coverage of a covert video taken in a room at St. Joseph’s at Fleming in Peterborough. The video appears to show abuse and inappropriate care given to a resident on several occasions. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and police are currently investigating.

While Graham says the alleged incidents at St. Joseph’s at Fleming are disturbing, they are not indicative of everyday life in long-term care homes — and the Burnbrae Gardens team exemplifies the extraordinary people who work in the sector, she says.

“. . . Burnbrae Gardens shows that most of the caregivers really do care and for that my family and I are most grateful,” she writes.

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