Sunday, June 16, 2024

Reader Expresses Support For Home Care Nurses

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Please ask your readers to remind the government that the nurses who come to your home to help deserve decent pay too. They hold lives in their hands, just like the ones in hospitals.

While I nursed my dying sister, we had to call in a nurse too often. The problem was that it was after midnight and winter weather, and they were in North Bay while we were in Burks Falls. That is an hour drive. One night I had to shovel the drive so the nurse could get in at 3 a.m.

These people are invaluable in caring for the sick. When I wanted Sis kept in hospital instead of being sent home, the head nurse said, “I know what you need, but we just don’t have the feet on the ground.” With such low wages and such difficult problems, why would anyone want to do it? Home care cuts the costs of hospitals and allows people to die at home, but there are not enough of them,

It will take a groundswell of letters to get the politicians who know nothing about the problem to remember these amazing people. I am eternally grateful for what they did for us.

Roberta Docherty, Meaford

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