I am writing this letter to show my heartfelt support to Maggie Dupuis, Melanie Jordan and the family of Mary Mack in making a very difficult decision, conceived out of anguish and carried forth in desperation, to come to the public forum and speak of sensitive issues concerning their mother.
To do so takes a great deal of strength and courage and most assuredly is the result of long-standing, unsatisfactory, unresolved issues.
Logic would say that if one resident has experienced these difficulties, others have also.
There's something amiss at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home and I have more than a passing feeling that the issues experienced there are systemic and not exclusive to ERNH.
Not everyone who trains for employment in the personal health care field is suited to the day-to-day operations of assisting long-term residents or seniors, in general, for that matter. Unfortunately it is the ones that aren't well suited for the work, who bring down the dignity and the respect of the residents, the facility and the rest of the dedicated and compassionate health care workers.
I truly hope that when all the respected groups come together to meet with the family of Mary Mack, that they do so with open minds and with a sincere resolve to do the right thing.
To acknowledge that wrongs have been done and to go forth with the fortitude that it will undoubtedly take, to enact the measures required to ensure as best as humanly possible, that this never happens again, to anyone.
Thank you so much to the Estevan Mercury, for the many years of unbiased reporting, no matter how sensitive the issues.