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ARM District 18 & 21 October Newsletter

Volume 2                                      October 2020


Contents:
1. Presidents Report                                  2. September Social Picnic Pictures      
3. OTIP insurance article links                   4. Message from Malcolm re:LTC

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President’s Report by Chester Faulkner


I hope this report finds everyone still healthy and in good spirits. It has once again been a strange couple of months with everyone in various stages of isolation. We enjoyed the attempts at the Zoom meeting as they have been somewhat successful. September’s gathering at Confederation Park was a mixed success. It was disappointing to only have 10 people there yet those of us who attended had a great time. It was such fun to sit around and talk in such a lovely setting. I think it was such a great change from the more isolationist world we have been forced to endure. 

For October we are planning to attempt to do one more picnic, providing the weather cooperates. (Tentative date is October 22nd) It is supposed to be 13 degrees so that might be pushing it.  We have a contingency plan of simply hosting a Zoom meeting.  If you could email us at armchapter21@gmail.com if you wish to attend the picnic or maybe just a Zoom meeting, we can let you know.  There will an email sent a couple of days prior to let everyone know what is going on. 

This has put a strain on our ARM group and has been a real dilemma for our executive to try and figure out how to keep everyone together and serve their needs. Therefore, we have been trying to plan for some speakers to make Zoom gatherings more valuable.  If you have any suggestions please feel free to send them to me at armchapter21@gmail.com.

We always have collected Toonies at both our social and executive meetings and donated the funds to the Hamilton Food Drive.  Because of the increased demand, caused by Covid-19, we extended a larger donation to the Hamilton Food Drive and The Guelph Food Bank.
 
We should also like to remind you of our Facebook page, Chester Newz.  We have a growing group so feel free to send us a friend request so that your posts can be seen. We also have a website, website ARM Chapter 18/21 - Hamilton-Wentworth/Upper Grand.  If you ever want something posted just email us at armchapter21@gmail.com.

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Pictures from September Social Picnic at Confederation Park

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10 items you need in your car emergency kit
 
The colder days of winter are a great reminder to re-stock your car’s emergency kit—it’s important to be prepared in case something goes wrong. If your car gets stuck in snow or you get into an accident, you might have to wait for help to arrive due to bad weather, even if you have roadside assistance. The following car emergency kit items could help you if the unexpected happens.
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Don’t make these 5 common renovation mistakes!
Renovating can make your home or office feel fresh, new and inviting. It’s an exciting opportunity to dream about your ideal space and make it a reality. If you’re going through the time, effort and expense to renovate, make sure you do it right the first time around by avoiding these five common mistakes.
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DO YOU KNOW OF ANY RECENT RETIREES THAT WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF ARM ACTIVITIES?
Because of COVID, communication with newly retired OSSTF members in 2020 has not been possible.    IF you know of anyone, please have them contact us at armchapter21@gmail.com and we will gladly get in touch with them
 

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From one of our members, Malcolm Buchanan
 

DAY OF ACTION ON LONG-TERM CARE
Thursday, October 8, is the Day of Action on Long-Term Care.

The purpose of the Day of Action is to create political pressure to expose the lack of action to improve care in long-term care facilities and push for an end to for-profit privatization of long-term care in Ontario.

 

Despite the Ford government's recent announcement of pledging more than half a billion dollars [$540 million] to prepare long-term care homes for the second wave of the COVID-19 virus, an investment that has come so late and so inadequate. $30 million to allow long-term care homes to hire more infection prevention and control staffing, including $20 million for additional personnel and $10 million to fund training for new and existing staff. The new funding will enable homes to hire over 150 new staff. [Note that there are 626 long-term care homes in Ontario.]

 

The training for new PSW's and Nurse Practitioners has not as yet commenced. there is no plan to improve inspections or the enforcement of safety regulations which long-term care advocates describe as an ongoing shortcoming that endangered residents when widespread long-term care outbreaks began in the spring.

 

Recently, 46 of the province's 626 long-term care homes had outbreaks of COVID-19, after the number of cases in the facilities tripled over the past three weeks and is continuing across the province.

 

                                                   ACTION REQUEST
Send a message to the following [choose one or more]:
Premier Doug Ford:             E-mail: premier@ontario.ca           Phone: [416]325-1941
Minister of Health Christine Elliott                                                 Phone: [416]327-4300
E-mail: christine.elliott@pc.ola.org
Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton  E-mail: merrille.fullerton@pc.ola.org
Donna Skelly MPP Flamborough-Glanbrook     E-Mail: donna.skelly@pc.ola.org
Phone: [905]679-0288 or [905]679-3770
 
                                                       MESSAGES
Send one or more of the proposed messages below to the above listed politicians on or before Thursday, October 8.
Or send your own personal message.
 
Urge the government to implement in all long-term care homes a minimum care standard of four hours of hands-on care per resident per day and to ensure that there will be enforced improved infection control practices in effect.
 
Urge the government to impose more in-person Ministry of Health inspections of long-term care homes to ensure that safety protocols are being enforced. Inspections must be carried out without prior warnings.
 
Urge the government to end for-profit long-term care and that long-term care homes be integrated within Ontario's public health system.
 
Urge that there be additional funding that is directly tied to providing residents care, increased qualified and trained staffing, more up-to-date PPE and clear protocols on isolating those residents that are sick.
 
Urge the government to recruit and train staff, improve pay, benefits and working conditions and provide full-time work for employees of Ontario's long-term care homes. The conditions of work are the conditions of care.
                                                     THANK YOU
Thanks for supporting the Ontario Health Coalition's Day of Action on Long-Term Care
Malcolm Buchanan

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REMEMBER to email armchapter21@gmail.com with any comments, ideas, or suggestions or if you change your email address!!!!
 

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