The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on how important well funded, public, long-term care is. Today we are featuring the hard-working members of CUPE 5430 who are the backbone of our long-term care system.

Long-term care homes have been at the forefront of COVID-19 outbreaks in other provinces and account for the majority of deaths attributed to the virus. Seniors are the most at risk from the virus, and long-term care homes across the province have been locked down to visitors and volunteers.

“Every day, CUPE 5430 members are caring for your aging family members. During the best of times, long-term care is understaffed and under resourced,” said Sandra Seitz, President of CUPE 5430. “COVID-19 has created a stressful situation for health care workers and their families. Our members are going above and beyond to provide hands on care to our most vulnerable citizens.”

CUPE 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members, many of whom work in long-term care.

“Doctors and nurses are often at the front of people’s minds when they think about health care, but CUPE 5430 members play an essential role in keeping our health care system running,” added Seitz. “When you think about front line heroes, you should be thinking about CUPE members.”

Seniors in long-term care have been facing increased isolation due to COVID-19. CUPE members have been there to help care for residents who are no longer able to receive in-person visits.

“Our members know that it has been incredibly difficult for families who are unable to visit their loved ones during the pandemic. We are doing our best to keep your loved ones safe and well cared for,” added Seitz.