Requires extra air-con in CHSLDs after knowledge exhibits lower than 50% of rooms have one

On sizzling and humid days like these in Montreal this week, many individuals are interested by these dwelling in long-term care houses.

An Ontario girl visits her mom in Vigie Dollard-des-Ormeaux on Tuesday. She says that there isn’t a air conditioner in her mom’s room.

“His room may be very sizzling,” she stated. “He has a room cooler, which is kind of environment friendly. However it isn’t at all times full.

World Information agreed to maintain the Ontario girl’s id personal as a result of she expressed concern over the therapy of her mom on the residence if her id was not identified.

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She admits she by no means requested officers there to put in an air conditioner in her mom’s room, however says she thought all long-term care houses needs to be mandated to take action.

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“She was very sweaty, her hair was moist,” he stated. “It is a unhappy state of affairs.”

In an announcement to World Information, a spokesperson for Quebec’s minister liable for seniors stated that not all residents need an air conditioner of their room, however those that request one shall be put in shortly and at no cost.

“All regional well being authorities have sufficient air conditioners to satisfy the demand. They’ve additionally arrange a standard space in every CHSLD which is air-conditioned. We’re able to face the warmth this summer time.

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However affected person rights advocate Paul Brunet begs to vary.

He says that residents of long-term care houses shouldn’t request for an air-conditioner, it ought to merely be supplied.

“When you have got somebody dwelling in a room the place the temperature is 35, 37 levels, it is harmful,” Brunet stated. “So it is not only a matter of consolation, it is a matter of security.”

Based on the newest knowledge compiled by the Quebec Federation of Retirees via entry to info requests, an estimated 45 per cent of rooms in long-term care houses are air-conditioned – solely 2.5 per cent greater than final 12 months.

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In addition they discovered that, opposite to what the province stated, solely 91 p.c of CHSLDs had frequent air-conditioned areas within the residence the place folks might cool off.

The compiled knowledge is from 18 regional well being authorities. Outcomes don’t embody CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

Brunet calls the info worrying, noting that there are nonetheless hundreds of residents who do not have one of their rooms.

“There is not any excuse, no excuse, for not offering these folks with sufficient recent air or air-con. It is simply outrageous,” Brunet stated.

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