QUEEN’S PARK – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece praised long-term care homes in his riding in the Ontario legislature on Wednesday.
Pettapiece, in a statement, recognized the leadership and sacrifice of staff at long-term care homes throughout the riding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For Ontario’s long-term care homes, COVID-19 was a time of incredible difficulty – and continues to be. Tragically, some homes failed. We’ve all heard it – and we need to fix it,” said Pettapiece.
“But we don’t hear as much about the homes and staff who, despite everything, rose to the challenge. In Perth-Wellington, several homes went into outbreak: Hillside Manor, Greenwood Court, Royal Terrace, and Strathcona. They are no longer in outbreak. For that, we can thank staff and administration.”
The Perth-Wellington MPP spoke of those who worked long hours away from their families and those who pushed themselves by working “way beyond their job description.”
“People who accepted the risks, not knowing how much PPE was left – or whether they might come down with COVID. People who kept coming back to work, day after day,” he said.
“I want to thank them at every home in Perth-Wellington. The rest of us will never fully know their contributions. I also want to thank the people and businesses who donated PPE, food, or finances.”
With many long-term care homes now reopening to visitors, Pettapiece urged everyone to be patient, understanding and kind.
“As homes begin reopening to visitors, let’s respect the staff and follow the rules. They’re in place for a reason—to keep staff and residents safe, and to keep COVID out,” he said.
“Now is not the time to let down our guard. But now is the time for patience, understanding, and kindness. It’s the least we can offer.”
Pettapiece’s full statement in the legislature can be viewed below: