LETTERS: Quick fix for communication crisis

The more we can do to ease burden on overworked health care providers, the better


My wife, aged over 90, was taken into Peace Arch Hospital last week and, although familiar with her laptop, did not own or use a cellphone.

Once she was admitted, it became almost impossible for us (her family) to communicate, so our son purchased a simple flip phone and I wrote up a few simple instructions for her.

I wonder how many other seniors must find themselves in the same situation.

In these COVID-19 days, this can become an additional burden for both the patient and family. Is this a huge hidden challenge? I don’t know.

What I do know that it is vital that both the patient and family are able to communicate without putting an extra burden on our wonderful already over-worked front line nursing staff.

Douglas Brown, Surrey

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