RE: Providence aims to ‘revolutionize seniors care’ at the Comox site, (March 10, Record)
Like most, I applaud the soon to be built publicly funded addition to senior care in the Comox Valley as described by Providence Living president and CEO Jane Murphy. Apparently, the long-term care facility intends to “revolutionize seniors care.”
Ah, a revolution in seniors’ care.
Unfortunately, the revolution fizzled quickly. When asked to address how the facility would include those who identify as LGBTQIA+, Murphy rhapsodized about how respectful Providence Living will be regarding the “choices” queer folks have made in their lives.
Hello, Providence Living and Murphy. Being queer is not a choice; it’s not a lifestyle. It’s who we are.
How will Providence Living accommodate women who have not lived with men for the bulk of their lives and men who have not lived with women for the bulk of their lives? How will Providence Living provide special training to staff and administration about the needs of queers? Will queer-identified caregivers and activity directors be hired to smooth transitions for queer clients?
Or will everyone at Providence Living just assume everyone in their care is just the same. Kumbaya.
I suggest Ms. Murphy start by revolutionizing her own quite apparent straight-privileged attitudes.