- - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What I really admire about some non-Western cultures is their general belief in and practice of not placing their aged family members in senior-care homes (“Cuomo denies hiding nursing-home deaths, blasts ‘conspiracy theories,’” Web, Feb. 15). As a result, family caregivers don’t have to worry about their loved ones being left vulnerable by cost-cutting measures taken by some care-home business-owners in order to maximize profits.

As for care-home neglect, it was present here in Canada before COVID-19; however, we didn’t fully comprehend the degree until the pandemic really hit, as we horrifically discovered with the CHSLD Herron in Dorval, Quebec, about 10 months ago.

Big business mentality (and by extension, collective society) allowed the well-being of our oldest family members to be decided by corporate profit-margin measures. And our governments mostly dared not intervene, perhaps because they feared being labelled anti-business in our avidly capitalist culture.

But, as clearly evidenced by the many needless care-home-resident COVID-19 deaths, big business does not always know or practice what’s best for its consumers, including the most vulnerable, who have little or no voice.

FRANK STERLE JR.



White Rock, British Columbia

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