Quebec’s L’actualité’s Magazine People of 2020 : Employees of residential and long term care centres (CHSLD)

The Quebec magazine L’’actualité chose their persons of the year in its January/February edition. Employees of CHSLD’s were amongst those selected and all of us can draw both knowledge and inspiration from the role they played in Quebec’s health care system during COVID-19.

One of the personal support workers covered was Patricia Hotte who has worked in a CHSLD for 35 years. For years she said personal support workers were ignored but this year we have been transformed from zeroes to heroes.

Since the month of March 2020 COVID-19 has claimed more than 80% of Quebec COVID victims.

One liberal deputy of the Quebec National Assembly spent two weeks at a CHSLD in Montreal and he said about women working in CHSLD’s, “These women are superhuman. They are full of common sense and compassion in performing their work.”

In Quebec these personal care workers have paid a price as in the 13 professionals that have died since March 8 have been “guardian angels” as the personal support workers have been referred to in Quebec.

Guardian angels are almost all from minority groups and suffer from sexual harassment,, insults and racism and consequently a very high turnover rate with 65% of such workers leaving their work after 5 years.

The Quebec government has gone on a hiring spree for guardian angels setting a goal of having 10,000 in Quebec, 6,700 have already been hired and will be placed in advanced training,

In June the Quebec government proposed an hourly salary increase for guardian angels from $22.35 to $26.89 but union negotiations failed. One union official Alain Croteau noted, “We call them our guardian angels but despite that they are badly exploited. This racialized group suffers from high unemployment rates and thy have inherited jobs no one else wants.”

Bravo for Quebec for its efforts in trying to increase staffing of long- term care workers and trying to increase their salaries.

(The author translated the quotes from French)

The Quebec magazine L’’actualité chose their persons of the year in its January/February edition. Employees of CHSLD’s were amongst those selected and all of us can draw both knowledge and inspiration from the role they played in Quebec’s health care system during COVID-19.

One of the personal support workers covered was Patricia Hotte who has worked in a CHSLD for 35 years. For years she said personal support workers were ignored but this year we have been transformed from zeroes to heroes.

Since the month of March 2020 COVID-19 has claimed more than 80% of Quebec COVID victims.

One liberal deputy of the Quebec National Assembly spent two weeks at a CHSLD in Montreal and he said about women working in CHSLD’s, “These women are superhuman. They are full of common sense and compassion in performing their work.”

In Quebec these personal care workers have paid a price as in the 13 professionals that have died since March 8 have been “guardian angels” as the personal support workers have been referred to in Quebec.

Guardian angels are almost all from minority groups and suffer from sexual harassment,, insults and racism and consequently a very high turnover rate with 65% of such workers leaving their work after 5 years.

The Quebec government has gone on a hiring spree for guardian angels setting a goal of having 10,000 in Quebec, 6,700 have already been hired and will be placed in advanced training,

In June the Quebec government proposed an hourly salary increase for guardian angels from $22.35 to $26.89 but union negotiations failed. One union official Alain Croteau noted, “We call them our guardian angels but despite that they are badly exploited. This racialized group suffers from high unemployment rates and thy have inherited jobs no one else wants.”

Bravo for Quebec for its efforts in trying to increase staffing of long- term care workers and trying to increase their salaries.

(The author translated the quotes from French)

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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