Thursday, May 31, 2012

Almonte working to better address complex-care needs


Almonte working to better address complex-care needs

Educational in-services, concerted efforts to address younger residents all part of plan

May 31, 2012  

An afternoon of music at PCCC
ALMONTE, Ont. - With long-term care increasingly seeing more residents with complex-care needs, Almonte Country Haven is working at finding solutions to meet the demands of these residents, who are often younger than the average person living in a home.

Ken Shepheard, 52, is one such resident. Shepheard has Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative genetic disorder affecting muscle co-ordination. He has been living at the Lanark County long-term care home about two months, and because of his young age it can be challenging to meet his needs. Both Shepheard and administrator Marilyn Colton acknowledge this fact.

For example, Shepheard is a big hockey fan, so the home has arranged for him to attend Ottawa Senators games. He and life enrichment aide Todd Cullen often go to a local Tim Hortons as well.

It’s these types of activities that are necessary for younger residents like Shepheard, and homes always need to be on the lookout for ways to meet their needs, says Colton.

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