Le Groupe Maurice helps finance personal protective equipment for residences in need

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Le Groupe Maurice recently teamed up with other major players from Canada’s retirement home industry to launch and finance the Canadian Alliance to Protect and Equip Seniors Living (CAPES). The project was created to respond to the urgent need to supply frontline healthcare workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Managers of seniors’ residences understand the crucial role that PPE plays in protecting employees and residents and helping stop the spread of the virus. However, the recent disruption of international supply chains and increased global demand for PPE has made obtaining this critical equipment more difficult and unpredictable, especially for the industry’s smaller players.

To address this challenge, the residences behind the CAPES project will overfund their PPE requirement by 35%, allowing the excess supplies to be made available to smaller residences and long-term care facilities with the most pressing needs. The extra equipment, which includes Level 1 and 2 masks, isolation gowns and gloves, will be distributed by industry associations like the RQRA in Quebec.

In the words of Luc Maurice, “It is urgent and essential to find ways to help and protect both workers and seniors through this challenging period caused by the spread of COVID-19. This commitment is what motivated us to respond quickly to the call of the initiator behind the CAPES project. Together, we will give a big helping hand to organizations whose resources are limited but whose needs are just as great.”

The CAPES alliance, which should help source PPE for approximately 60% of the seniors housing sector, will augment existing supply channels, including those made available by governments and community organizations. It also aims to offer smaller senior living operators the benefit of volume pricing for the reserve supply at cost through an easily accessible private online hub. It’s a project that supports a noble cause and has the potential to make a difference even when the pandemic is over.

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