Sunday, April 12, 2015

Food intake at end-of-life

Why it’s so hard to accept that the dying no longer need to eat?

This is an excellent piece. I have educated many client families about EOL care. @TheresaBrown 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time to move into the new millennium with Medical Marijuana

We really do. There are many ways it can help those with chronic pain. Doctors are reluctant. It's a shame. If it helps, it should be available to be used wisely.
The government has its own issues.
This is an excellent piece on it.
The government has authorized more than 50 thousand Canadians to use medical marijuana; that number is expected to grow ten-fold over the next decade. But...

Friday, April 3, 2015

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Seniors stuck in hospital 'wastes' $170 million a year

Does this ever make me angry. Seniors 'wasting money,' as if they don't deserve the best care we can give them. If they cannot go home, they should be looked after properly. Cough up the money to find appropriate care.

Calgary Herald
Seniors stuck in hospital wastes $170 million a year, Liberals say
The rising number of patients stuck in hospitals while they wait for a ... health-care system tens of million of dollars each year, Alberta Liberals say. ... long term care spaces to reduce hospital overcrowding and contain health system ...

If those 822 people could be housed in the nursing homes beds most need instead of occupying acute care spaces that cost over four times as much to operate, Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann said they would receive more appropriate care and Alberta Health Services could save over $170 million annually.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Paying a working wage and Ontario Disability Support Program

Whether we are talking about Personal Support Workers, or the developmentally disabl
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ed, we need to be paying a working wage. In Ontario, minimum wage goes up to $11.25 in the fall.
In the mean time, people on ODSP believe they are not allowed to work. This isn't the case.

Keenan Wellar writes eloquently about this.

“They will have real work for real value” or “How can we begin the end of sheltered workshops for a better society for all?”

The recent media attention (see Ottawa Citizen articles 1-2-3-4 by Chris Cobb and an editorial) given to the pending closure of the OCAPDD sheltered workshop at Tunney’s Pasture in Ottawa exposed the general public to a hidden world that has been right in their backyard (and in the backyard of many communities across Ontario).
[Many think] paid employment is not an option because their ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) will be taken away. Totally, utterly, false. ... It took about ten years after the ODSP system changed in the 1990s to convince job-seekers that they would not lose their benefits. 

It’s World Down Syndrome Day: Let’s Change The World, Let’s Start Right Here In Ottawa!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Medical Equipment to Loan for free at Perth Civitan Club

Ongoing projects
There are lots of places where you can rent equipment, but also places where you can borrow them!

Perth Civitan Club has medical equipment to loan for free.  They also take donations of equipment from the community.  The medical bank has expanded significantly and has a greater variety of equipment available.  Often there are electric hospital beds.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ottawa Hospital is monitoring noise levels

Ear decibel reading data Ottawa Hospital noise March 19 2015
Thanks to data obtained from a set of decibel-measuring 'ears,' the Ottawa Hospital has learned that its General campus can be as loud as a highway, during the day and at night.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scotland: Elderly care standards 'not being met'

Even the Scots are having trouble with senior care.

BBC News
Royal College of Nursing says Scottish elderly care standards 'not being met'
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) began inspecting hospitals in 2012. It was part of a new programme of inspections designed to encourage ...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Retirement homes vs. long-term care: luxury retirement or nursing care?

"Vibrant Seniors Living"
Rockcliffe Retirement
This story shocked me. There are disparities across the various healthcare systems in our province, let alone across Canada. This woman, age 97, wants to have two home care visits per day, rather than two per week to give her a bath. She lives in a luxury for-profit retirement home, Rockcliffe Retirement.
They offer many services

Apparently, they don't provide enough services for the senior, whose family chose to go to the press.

The Rockcliffe should be totally embarrassed, as they offer assistive living, just not for this 97-year-old!

When I look at my clients, struggling valiantly to provide end-of-life care at home for loved ones, or those trying to maintain independence in subsidized housing, this story makes me angry.

 There are 586,000 clients receiving home care across the province, according to CBC radio's Ontario Today. People with chronic diseases, people recovering from surgery, all needing some home care.

CBC radio's Ontario Today
There are 1000 home care contracts with various institutions between regional CCAC offices and transfer payment agencies (TPA).
The TPAs can be for-profit or non-profits. For example, Bayshore Home Health recorded profits one year of over $400 million dollars across Canada. They send dividends back to shareholders, from money earned from our taxes.

Eve Eagar-Anderson turns 97 next month, is legally blind and prefers to have meals brought to her apartment at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence because she’s conscious of her struggles to get to food on her plate. 

Though she says there is a waiting list for [publicly paid, CCAC] services, she says spending to provide home care continues to rise. The 2014-15 forecast is $79.9 million compared to $68.4 million spent in 2011-12. The program is universal and is not dependent on a client’s income.

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