A Statement on the Camilla Care CommunityPublished on May 30, 2020
MISSISSAUGA — I’m disturbed and heartbroken by reports about unacceptable conditions inside some of our long-term care facilities and retirement homes during the COVID-19 crisis. I fully support our government’s immediate actions to address this, including the appointment of Trillium Health Partners to manage the Camilla Care Community on a temporary basis.
I want to thank Innis Ingram for sharing his concerns with me – both for his mother and for all of the residents at Camilla Care – and for everything he has done to raise awareness at this very difficult time. I also want to thank Trillium Health Partners for their commitment to working in close partnership with residents, families, and staff, to provide the best possible care – and for their commitment to open and transparent communication throughout this process.
I have been in regular contact with the Hon. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, and I know that she, and her staff, are diligently monitoring this situation as well. Her Parliamentary Assistant, Effie Triantafilopoulos, visited Camilla Care with me in October 2018, and met with some of the current residents. Over the next two weeks, provincial inspectors will complete an expanded, stringent inspection process, including record and chart reviews, and in-depth interviews with both staff and residents. Results will be posted publicly on the Ministry’s website.
Lastly, my team and I reached out to many local businesses and organizations over the last several weeks to ask for help for Camilla Care. I must thank Hameed Mohammed of VIG Computers once again for providing eight tablets to help the residents stay socially connected with their loved ones. My colleague, Aris Babikian, travelled from Scarborough—Agincourt to provide face shields. Many others donated funds or food, including the Lakeview Village Partners, Italpasta, Fair Grounds Organic Cafe & Roastery, Meaty Meats, Sai Dham Canada, and Nutrafarms. The Oasis Convention Centre team helped to prepare meals. I can’t thank them enough.
The safety and well-being of the seniors at the Camilla Care Community is my highest priority. As Premier Doug Ford has said, our seniors built this province, raised us, and took care of us. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when that doesn’t happen, they – and their families – deserve answers. I will do everything I possibly can to help ensure that we get them.
Speaking with Innis Ingram outside the Camilla Care Community
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP