When I was in my twenties, I visited a relative of mine in her eighties that had to spend about a month and a half in a rehab home recovering from some pretty serious surgery.
I would go about three times a week to visit and we would sit outside and eat lunch and about the only thing that you couldn’t bring was the type of stuff you normally couldn’t bring to a hospital.
She didn’t mind being there so much because they actually had activities where they did group things or stuff where they could socialize with others. I cannot imagine being that old and being told you have to be isolated in a room all by yourself.
An elderly woman chose to end her life through doctor-assisted suicide, rather than endure another looming lockdown at her long-term care facility last month in Canada.
The prospect of such a lockdown led Nancy Russell, 90, to end her life via controversial medically-assisted suicide.
CTV News reported that during Toronto’s first lockdown of nursing homes, Russell declined physically when she was isolated from loved ones and her normal routine was disrupted.
“She just truly did not believe that she wanted to try another one of those two-week confinements into her room,” Russell’s daughter said.
“It was contact with people that was like food to her, it was like, oxygen,” the daughter added.
Some of her meals were eaten in a dining room with plastic barriers while visits with loved ones were held outdoors and supervised in a garden.
As the area has seen an increase in report positive coronavirus cases, Canada’s nursing home residents are being faced with the prospect of seemingly endless meals eaten alone.
Additionally, visitors will be either barred from entering retirement or nursing homes, or their visits will be supervised or impersonal.
Toronto’s CTV News reported Russell did not want to live through it again.
She instead opted to ask a doctor to kill her.
She requested a so-called medically-assisted death, but was initially denied, CTV News medical correspondent Avis Favaro reported.
Another doctor eventually obliged her, though and Russell died last month.