Friday, September 23, 2011

What does universal healthcare do for seniors in Ontario?

This is what CCAC does for Ontarians. They attempt to ensure that seniors have food, medications, clean homes, transportation to primary healthcare.

Health Care Options in Ontario

The Ontario Government has popped a flyer into our mail.
As well as, we have other sources of health information.

In addition, each LHIN (regional CCAC system) now has a Pain Assessment and Symptom Management specialist whose job it is to educate and consult with caregivers in their homes, to educate physicians, social workers, as well as these exclusive consultations. They are also going into long-term care (LTC) to do these client assessments. To access these nurse specialists, you either phone your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) office, if you are a caregiver, or the charge nurse of the institution where your loved one resides is responsible for inviting them in.

The Aging at Home Strategies ensured that home care is an integral part of the discharge process.
During this election, however, politicians are focusing on reducing taxes, which will thereby cut services.

Ontario is short-staffed in all primary healthcare services,

  • including geriatric physicians who neglect to make house calls or visit a long-term care home perhaps once a week. (I diagnosed a palliative hospice client in a retirement home. I knew his pneumonia was back, or hadn't been conquered by the medications given upon discharge from the ER room. The staff nurse didn't deign to visit the 5 hours I sat by his bedside.)
  • Or nurses who are few and far between, you can swing a dead cat and not find a nurse in many facilities, especially retirement homes.
  • Personal Support Workers who have a variety of training standards, a grade 10 or 12 education and no regulation. 

A Liberal Ontario Government Video

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