Ont. seniors suffer because of gas-plant scandal

Marian Walsh is photographed in her St. Catharines, Ont., apartment with some of her medication....

Marian Walsh is photographed in her St. Catharines, Ont., apartment with some of her medication. (JULIE JOCSAK/QMI Agency)

Sue-Ann Levy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

TORONTO - St. Catharines, Ont., senior Marian Walsh found herself in the hospital on three separate occasions with a series of serious illnesses this past winter and spring.

Each time, the 81-year-old retired educator was promised by her local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) that she would get home care as soon as she was discharged.

She’s a widow and lives alone. Each time, she could not care for herself without assistance.

But all she ended up getting from the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC, and “begrudgingly,” was one-half hour of convalescent care a day five days a week — which she says was barely enough to make her breakfast, get her dressed and clean up the dishes.

She was also offered assistance with a bath every two weeks.

“They promise you the moon and then when you get home, nobody’s there,” she said, noting each time she came home it took four or five days for help to arrive.

She ended up getting through this challenging time by hiring her own help and virtually exhausting her private insurance benefits, including thousands of dollars of her savings and by relying on neighbours to pitch in.

“That’s not what I’m paying taxes for,” she said.

Walsh says when she hears about the $1.1 billion blown on cancelling two gas plants, it is “so unfair, it’s laughable.

“They are not thinking of the consequences or the people they are supposed to help,” she says.


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