Thursday, November 5, 2009

Euthenasia Bill C-384

Update:
 Jan. 14 Progration does not affect this important bill

Prorogation of parliament "means that Bill C-384 will receive its second hour of debate on March 12 or 15, at the earliest, and be voted on March 17 or 24, depending on whether or not they take a March break (a break was scheduled on the previous parliamentary calendar between March 15 - 19)," Schadenberg explained.

"Lalonde has traded-backwards in the order of precedence 3 times to delay the second hour of debate and vote on her bill, probably because she knew it was going to be defeated."


I am following, with interest, the debate on the bill in the House on euthanasia*. Palliative care is a horribly confusing term. As a Hospice Vounteer, everyone has access to the care afford by our volunteers across the province. The discussions is hear are right: we undermanage pain and there are many myths around pain, health care, and its management. In Muskoka, health care is hampered by a lack of health care staff (doctors, nurses, and personal support workers) to maintain adequate standards of care.

Consider my case study

Elder Self-abuse Case #1

Palliative care is a process in the caregiving continuum, it is not a style of care in my mind. There are decisions to be made and no longer are doctors making choices for you.
The goal, for all clients, is to have managed care with treatment goals, treatment options and a plan with eyes wide open. This is what I wrote about in my book, when my father's doctor was inaccessible and unresponsive to our needs for pain management. Many seniors suffer depression - the statistics are clear and predictable, and would be susceptible to choosing death over living.

Hospice care is an option, if he is able to sign on to the program. They are not just there for those dying, but aging, failing seniors will benefit from care and support. Volunteers provide care and will visit homes receiving mileage for their effort. Yet, he needs a care manager who can ensure that there are people checking in on him regularly; a difficult proposition since many are afraid of the dog and many shudder in the dirt, grime and mess of the place.

The health department could be called. The sewer back up in the spring was followed by a refrigerator that remained unplugged for days. He did not appear to notice, although uneaten MoW deliveries had been placed there by some one.

The police can take responsibility for those who abuse elders. They have specific specialists who deal with those living in poverty and squalor, blissfully unaware of acceptable standards of cleanliness and sanitary conditions. But who is at fault here? No one knows who enters the home. No one can see what his daily life is like. No one seems to care. This is the depth of despair for those who are old and alone.

At some point, if he cannot manage to make decisions for himself, and without Power of Attorney for an Alternate Decision Maker, the government will appoint an Attorney for Personal Care, according to the Public Guardian and Trustee Act.

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Steven Fletcher: Make life the first choice, but not the only choice

National Post - ‎Nov 2, 2009‎
Should euthanasia be legal in some circumstances? This is the question that a Private Member's Bill, C-384, is forcing parliamentarians to consider.


Euthanasia supporters worry about misuse: poll

National Post - ‎Nov 3, 2009‎
The poll comes as Bill C-384, which would legalize euthanasia for those in physical or mental distress, is undergoing second reading in Parliament

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