Facing another retirement home lockdown, 90-year-old chooses medically assisted death | CTV News

Russell, described by her family as exceptionally social and spry, was one such person. Her family says she chose a medically-assisted death (MAID) after she declined so sharply during lockdown that she didn’t want to go through more isolation this winter.

Adding to the complications is the fact that many care homes have seen a huge drop in staff, which can lead to even more health complications for seniors whose needs go ignored due to under staffing — an issue made even more frustrating if family caregivers who could assist with these needs are unable to visit, as was the case at many long-term care homes during the first wave.

Other jurisdictions, like the Netherlands, quickly recognized the decline in senior residents of long-term care homes, and found balance between precautions and allowing activities and family visits. After a pilot project allowing one visitor per resident at 26 nursing homes did not result in a single new case of COVID-19, the Netherlands officially allowed all nursing homes to adopt those guidelines across the country.

Facing another retirement home lockdown, 90-year-old chooses medically assisted death | CTV News