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The Toronto Medical Assistance Group is asking seniors to wear a mask

The Toronto Medical Assistance Group is asking seniors to wear a mask

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The Toronto Medical Assistance Group (TMAG), which takes care of many seniors who need to stay in their homes, has advised anyone coming to them to wear a mask.

“They’ve sent my boss for a mask and they want to see me wear it,” says the elderly woman who is getting her feet X-rayed.

The woman, who lives near Markham Road and Birchmount Rd., is worried about how her geriatric client will cope once her mobility is compromised by the virus and she needs help to get around.

“She needs to know how we’re going to manage this, and I don’t know what we’re going to do,” the worker says as she applies cold packs and masks to her client’s feet.

In the meantime, she’s making calls, sending emails. At her employer’s request, she’s asked to wear a mask.

I’ve also asked her if she has a relative or friend who is ill and she tells me she doesn’t, but she plans to call that relative soon, just to be sure.

I’ve reached out to her employer for comment on her concerns about geriatric clients and their needs of assistance. They say they’re going to reach out to TMAG directly.

I can’t imagine how stressful it must be, getting a call like this. But the woman tells me she’s getting prepared for it. She feels ready to roll, ready to handle it.

“I’m ready for everything,” she says.

For her, the message is loud and clear. She is in control and she’s prepared.

On a weekday, this is not what you’d expect to hear from

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