Hamilton Spectator: Seniors’ isolation

Jun 9, 2020 | Media, Press Releases

From the Hamilton Spectator:

Like hundreds of families in Hamilton, thousands across Canada and hundreds of thousands around the world, my family is living though this pandemic with our Mom/Oma/Great-Oma/Grandma in a local long-term-care facility. We have only been able to see her through a window for the last three months, and that after a many-months stay in the hospital. While we have privilege after privilege in so many ways when it comes to meeting my mom’s needs, including the fact she has remained COVID-free, one thing we can’t change is her increasing deafness caused by a shifting tumour and the impact of the restrictions on her mental health. This makes phone calls very difficult but there are good days when all of a sudden she can hear for a few minutes. My brothers and I visit often, but it is so painful without physical contact and restrictions preventing a close-enough visit that might increase her chances of hearing. With masks more often being required, she is unable to read lips.

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