Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Home First Program: ALC

The pejorative term 'bed blockers' is still used in the media, as if seniors are not entitled to be in hospital. The correct terminology is alternate level of care (ALC), someone who requires less than a hospital bed, but has serious health issues that cannot be met at home in their current situation. We do not call them 'nursing homes', either. They are long-term care.

A recent Global TV show really irked me. I was interviewed by the interns for 16x9. I outlined the way in which we qualify for long-term care (through CCAC application processes).


Hospital Heartbreak

Aging patients often spend months warehoused in hospitals, waiting for a long term care bed to become available.

Read it on Global News: Global News 

I explained that we no longer have the attitude that seniors are blocking beds for the younger folks.
Seniors are as entitled to healthcare as any one else.
Many have co-morbidities and have complex requirements for care. For some, through the Home First program, they are entitled to extra assistance. One of my clients, for example, had 11 hours of care for a month. A PSW, in the morning, got him cleaned up, breakfasted, another from 1:00 to 2:00, and another from 6 pm to 11 pm. A nurse popped in twice a day, every day.

This is a fair amount of support. Some hospitals have tried to suck people into paying extra, in lieu of going home. This is not legal.
If a hospital tries to force you to go home, contact:

ACE | Welcome to ACE

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a community based legal clinic


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