Critical situation in CHSLDs in Chaudière-Appalaches

Fatigue, retirement or vacation, change of profession: the lack of health workers in the accommodation centers of the region is immenseaccording to Karine Hudon, beneficiary attendant and local president of the Quebec Union of Service Employees (SQEES-FTQ) at CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches.

A situation reported to the union – which Radio-Canada was unable to verify the authenticity – mentions a CHSLD where half a dozen seniors in wheelchairs were left in their beds for several hours for lack of staff available to lift them.

In this context, several residents must give up their two weekly baths. I’m not even afraid to tell you that most of them aren’t even made because it’s already difficult to achieve [en donner] a private bath for userslaments Karine Hudon.

The situation is such that the CHSLD Paul-Gilbert in Lévis came very close to a service failure last weekend, according to Patricia Pouliot, interim co-president of the Union of Care Professionals of Chaudière-Appalaches (SPSCA).

A generalized situation

The problems would not be limited to this place. In several establishments in the region, the number of workers, particularly beneficiary attendants, is clearly insufficient. As a result, many healthcare workers find themselves with a work overload, or are forced to work compulsory overtime (TSO).

TSO en ligne”,”text”:”En fin de semaine on a une infirmière auxiliaire qui a fait 3 TSO en ligne”}}”>At the weekend, we have a nursing assistant who did three TSO on line, denounces Patricia Pouliot. She is indignant that seniors cannot receive their weekly baths or the care to which they should be entitled.

C’est nos bâtisseurs, et là ils se ramassent en CHSLD, et c’est le strict minimum. C’est arrivé dernièrement que des fins de semaines de temps, les [pensionnaires] ne sont pas habillés parce qu’il manquait de personnel.”,”text”:”C’est la dignité!C’est nos bâtisseurs, et là ils se ramassent en CHSLD, et c’est le strict minimum. C’est arrivé dernièrement que des fins de semaines de temps, les [pensionnaires] ne sont pas habillés parce qu’il manquait de personnel.”}}”>This is dignity! They are our builders, and there they are gathered in CHSLDs, and that is the bare minimum. It happened lately that weekends of time, the [pensionnaires] are not dressed because it was understaffedshe complains.

It’s worrying. What will be done? I feel like they haven’t learned from the pandemic. »

A quote from Patricia Pouliot, acting co-president of the SPSCA.

Emergency plan

On the side of CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches, we had to take drastic measures to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.

To deal with the staff shortage that is rampant throughout the province, we are applying a contingency plan in several CHSLDs in Chaudière-Appalaches in order to maintain care and services for residents.explains Mireille Gaudreau, spokesperson for the CISSS.

The labor shortage is hurting the Chaudière-Appalaches Integrated Health and Social Services Centre.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Guillaume Croteau-Langevin

She says an outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this month at the Center Paul-Gilbert added a additional pressure on the teams in place.

Unfair

Patricia Pouliot qualifies of unjust the advantages enjoyed by private placement agencies in health establishments.

Under Bill 28, workers from these agencies benefit from more favorable working hours and are less often imposed TSOaccording to Patricia Pouliot. Ce qu’on veut là, c’est qu’ils soient régies par la même la même ordre professionnelle, alors c’est les mêmes règles”,”text”:”Ce qu’on veut là, c’est qu’ils soient régies par la même la même ordre professionnelle, alors c’est les mêmes règles”}}”>What we want here is for them to be governed by the same professional order, so it’s the same rulesshe says.

Ms. Pouliot has little hope that the situation will change between now and the October 3 elections.

There will have to be a massive blow somewhere, but we know very well that until October 3, it won’t happen. Maybe the 4th in the morning, we’ll be lucky, then we’ll have somethingshe quips.

With information from Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc and Alexane Drolet

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