Human Rights for Confined Seniors

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Its that time of year again -SUMMER - and our Government has stated we are in a CLIMATE CRISIS . So why are our Seniors Human Rights being ignored . Seniors are our societies foundation -and its in need of restoration .

We pride ourselves of being a caring society - always coming to support the weak . We need to be a voice for the aging population who are not getting the best health care and shelter that they have contributed /worked years for . We’re rightly horrified and angry when a child or pet is left in a hot car, but what about our senior citizens left in sweltering retirement homes? In Canada, no law exists that protects seniors from dangerous extreme heat while living in retirement homes, senior residences, group homes or care facilities.

The Ministry for Seniors ( https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-seniors-accessibility ) was created to do much for our seniors -to quote text they are to"oversee the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)". 

To Date There is so much not done that should be done . There is an staff of 7 as well as the Minister himself who are paid to address all violations . I am including the contact information for the 7 that were available online so You can make your voice heard . This petition once signed will serve as a reminder -we care . I hope to get 100,000 signatures to make them see we care alot - even outraged .

Hon. Raymond Cho | Minister for Seniors and Accessibility (no contact info available)

Hratch Aynedjian | Chief of Staff | 416-314-0797 | Hratch.Aynedjian@ontario.ca

Sarah Terrill | Scheduler & Office Manager | 416-314-0797 | sarah.terrill@ontario.ca

Jay Jung | Senior Policy Advisor and Issues Manager | 416-314-0797 | jay.jung@ontario.ca

Michael Thomas | Senior Policy Advisor - Accessibility File | 416-314-0797 | michael.thomas2@ontario.ca

Pooja Parekh | Director of Communications | 416-314-0797 | pooja.parekh@ontario.ca

Mark DeMontis | MPP Liaison | 416-314-0797 | Mark.DeMontis@ontario.ca

Jessica Kim | Special Assistant | 416-314-0797 | Jessica.Kim@ontario.ca

We as consumers see that there are many portable cooling devices, -and not just a fan to move air and give the illusion of temperature change without removing the dangers of heat stroke . For example - one recent search showed that a 60 CAN dollar unit that serves night light Arctic Air Ultra 250CFM 3 Speed Portable Evaporative Cooler for 45 sq. ft. Space . It runs on a standard way outlet or USB port .Waiting to retrofit homes with A/C is not the immediate solution but portable cooling unit /not a fan like this can give enormous comfort and save lives too. A immediate solution is possible .

Seniors who cannot leave or are immobile are helpless and vulnerable, left to suffer from extreme heat lasting for days or weeks without air-conditioning. This makes it difficult for them to breathe, sleep or be comfortable, increasing respiratory failure, cardiac issues, sanitary distress and deadly dehydration. Seniors easily deteriorate mentally and physically in the extreme heat and often find it difficult to recover from heat stroke (read more about the effects of heat here). Yet nothing has been done to regulate humane, effective cooling of these residences.

Please sign my petition urging the new Minister of Seniors to require ALL senior care facilities to provide air-cooling / not fans in common rooms and bedrooms. It’s sadly apparent that we need a law to force all senior facilities to provide cooling as well as heating.

We need action without delay. Our seniors should be protected from excessive heat. Be their voice, before it’s too late for the survivors of the last heat wave. Canada - from coast to coast - is heating up and we need to look out for the seniors of Canada as they are vulnerable, weak, some alone and voiceless. We need to show them they are not forgotten, that they matter and we care.

Nobody should be subjected to deadly heat while in a Canadian senior care facility in 2019. Let’s do this! Sign and share my petition to tell Minister Raymond CHO to use his power to effect change NOW and to Save Seniors lives. 

Read more:
- What happens to your body when heat waves kill