What’s the weather plan?

1506029_1807193102838157_4342258770085104658_nThis photo was posted on Facebook on February 15, 2015. I don’t know source of the photo or who placed the words over the image, but it shows the situation in Saint John, New Brunswick, which is not that different from much of the rest of the region. New England and Eastern Canada have been hit with the fourth major storm in three weeks.

Flights and ferries are cancelled. Not only are roads – both main and secondary – closed, snow ploughs have been pulled off duty because of the pointlessness of trying to clean roads in these conditions. The RCMP have again asked everyone to stay off the roads, not that most of us could go anywhere if we wanted to. The web is littered with photos of snow-bound homes and of doors and windows that are three-quarters covered by snow.

These storms are coming with such frequency that they’re earning names like snowmageddon and blurricane. With Nova Scotia promoting the delivery of home care as a way to save money on bricks and mortar, what is the Province’s plan for snow days? What happens to those people receiving home care in these extreme weather situations? And what about those health care professionals who are supposed to deliver this home care?

We can’t have a home care policy that ignores the potential harm or loss of life caused by severe snowstorms. And is it the best solution? Is it a short-term saving on capital costs that creates long-term acute treatment costs?

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1 Response to What’s the weather plan?

  1. jlevack says:

    Such good questions! If you find the answers, I’d love to know them. I was asking my daughter today – who lives in assisted living because home care was so unreliable – about her care, and she said that one floor of her nursing home has no nurse on staff today, and on my daughter’s floor they were “down 4 cca’s and 2 nurses” and that she didn’t get a shower today.

    Our society’s vulnerable populations, no matter where they live, are only one power outage, “snowmageddon” or flash freeze away from losing care….

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