Journalists should not be using this terminology. As if a frail senior isn't worth the bed s/he is lying on and is of less worth than another patient. We cannot continue to uphold the lowest common denominator for patients. The lowest level of care hospitals can get away with by encouraging or demanding patients go home. This needs to be a family decision, based on real needs, and the ability of the family to deliver assistance. When frail seniors are not making good decisions about their care, family members must be consulted.
Please, journalists, learn the term Alternative Level of Care (ALC) for those who require less services than a hospital provides, but more than home care provides. They may be suitable for a Long-Term Care (LTC) placement, but too many patients are demanding they go home, and too many caregivers are suffering as a result.
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windows, and made them 3-dimensional.
PSWs did not clean anything. Sat for 5 hours at a time,
watching TV with the client.
Simpson's premise, that we should be creating more specialty clinics may be a fair one, but the truth is that we have a limited number of physicians for surgeries, and limited time for these.
I cannot agree that private clinics will relieve the strain. Physicians must open up their practices and reduce ER wait times.
Physicians must step up, and improve delivery of services, but a two-tier system will not solve it.