The nurse brought up the case of a 102-year-old resident – one of
his favorites – who slipped on his own excrement and fell.
Here is a man who has lived a life of dignity, and there he is, lying in his stool, she started crying, Tuesday, in Longueuil, to the coroner Géhane Kamel.
In a poignant and very precise testimony, the caregiver also spoke of a couple who shared the same room. The lady died on April 9 and was still in her room the next day. Her husband suffered from Alzheimer’s and did not remember that she was dead. And he went to see her from time to time, and every time he saw her death.
It would have been so easy, according to the witness whose name is protected by a publication ban, to at least transfer the body to the room opposite, which was empty after the death of another resident. .
The bodies weren’t treated well, there was no respect, deplored the nurse who was particularly critical of the nurses who came to reinforce the request of the CIUSSSIntegrated university health and social services center of the West Island of Montreal at the beginning of April 2020. The CHSLDResidential and long-term care center had been under guardianship since March 29.
One of the nurses from CIUSSSIntegrated university health and social services center reportedly berated her for washing a resident who was found dead and lying in her vomit.
I know we’re short of staff, we’re everywhere, but it takes five minutes to wash someone up and show them our respect.
This nurse from CIUSSSIntegrated university health and social services center
treated people who died as plague-stricken, did she say.
The nurse also described an atmosphere
chaotic from the taking over of the CHSLDResidential and long-term care center speak CIUSSSIntegrated university health and social services center.
There were a lot of people in charge, but we didn’t know who to report to because everyone was contradicting each other, she regretted.
The transition was not easy.
The witness further described a crying understaffing situation that continued for several days after the patient was taken into care. CIUSSSIntegrated university health and social services center. By the end of March, nurses from an employment agency had deserted
en bloc after learning that COVID-19
was in the building.
April 7 at 3 p.m., for example,
everybody had left the scene, she said. So she took it upon herself to serve meals in each room that evening.
The witness also criticized the authorities for blaming all the blame on COVID-19 to hide the fact that people were dying of dehydration or malnutrition.
I felt it was a way to let go of their responsibilities, did she say.
Coroner Géhane Kamel thanked this caregiver at the end of her testimony.
You allow us by your testimony to believe that there is hope […] You took care of people who needed help until the last minute. Continue to shine with your humanity.
Another witness had also used the term “chaotic” on Monday, this time to describe the operation of the establishment even before the start of the pandemic.
Today is not a good day
A little later, another witness recounted how she was the only attendant on the floor on March 29, with many caregivers sick or deserted.
After going through each room, she quickly realized that the majority of residents, around 50, were soiled.
I’ve never seen this in all my years of career, testified, in tears, the attendant who had worked at Herron since 2011.
This was the case with a resident, the first she visited. A very proud and flirtatious woman whom she found in her room, in pajamas and soiled. She wanted to be dressed after being washed, but the attendant, overwhelmed, replied that she could not.
Today is not a good day, she told him.
She sought help from one of the managers at the private facility and even threatened to leave, but felt she couldn’t abandon her patients.
The hearings will continue on Wednesday and Thursday to shed light on the events at the CHSLDResidential and long-term care center Herron, where 47 people died in the first wave of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020.