Monday, January 14, 2013

Accessing long-term care in Ontario

ALC patients, those waiting in hospital for a bed in another facility, are facing pressure. Advocates, like Jane Meadus at ACE, help set people straight. But why is the system so misunderstood by both Primary Care and those who need long-term care (LTC)?

The only way to get into LTC is by registering with your local CCAC office, and being put on a waiting list. You are able to choose up to 5 locations. Visiting each one is crucial. Most are for-profit in Ontario and many are run by US-based corporations unfamiliar with Canadian healthcare systems. There are many wonderful locations, I volunteer in one, but you are well-advised to research them. 

OTTAWA — When Barbara Korwin was summoned to the Ottawa Hospital for a meeting about her 89-year-old mother, she was given two options: put her in a retirement home or take the first available nursing-home bed.

Jane Meadus
 is a lawyer with the Ontario Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. Last year the centre handled 250 complaints from people in situations similar to Barbara Korwin and her mother. 

  • LTC - Are we on the Right Track
     - Presented by Dr. Andrea L. Moser, MD, MSc, CCPF,  FCFP |  Focus Practice in Care of the Elderly | Behavioural Supports Ontario, Regional Medical Advisor, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN |  President, Ontario Long-Term Care Physicians (OLTCP)  

622 LTC homes in Ontario
◦ 76,000 residents living in LTC
◦ 55,000 staff in LTC homes 
Residents admitted with increasingly complex 
care needs 
◦ > 70 % with cognitive impairment or dementia
◦ Average 5 chronic diseases 
◦ Average 13 medications 
◦ Average life expectancy 18 months
High level caregiver stress  
10 - 20% residents with low care needs 
◦ Community care not accessible or available

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