|Mary Cook, Press Conference|
Reporter: Desmond Devoy takes notes!
The purpose of the sparsely attended press conference in Perth (four of us: myself, Devoy, a hospital employee and another individual), was to highlight this report.
The researchers saw a pattern of stories, and "an inherent bias against the frail and elderly" in the impact of cuts to healthcare services. Unfortunately, frail seniors are not so much facing ageism, but a shortage of staff and funding, and being the most frequent consumers of healthcare, with ongoing complex comorbidities, they require the most support. Unfortunately, the report did not cite exemplary practices, nor any success stories. Nor do they explain: How are Ontario hospitals funded?
- Reopening chronic and alternative level of care beds
- Funds must be reinvested in hospitals
- Put funding into care, not profit
- No rationing of care
- Adequate home care
- Better pay for PSWs.
What is missing and not addressed in this report
- Better and consistent training for PSWs
- Most (500+) of 600 long-term care in Ontario are for-profits
- Successful practices and success stories in healthcare
- How to find more funding for hospitals and home care
- How to manage the new system of patient-based hospital funding
- How to address the disparities in healthcare between rich and poor
- How to address an $11 billion operating deficit, a $260 billion debt in Ontario healthcare
- How to find, train, adequately pay, and fund more staff: nurses and PSWs.
Horror stores get all the press
I explained to Mary Cook that most of my hospice clients have experienced excellent services, well-trained employees, and successful treatments and care in both hospital and at home. This must be emphasized. We have a huge cadre of volunteers who provide support to family members, and ease their caregiving burdens.
Despite this, the report states:
Over 20 years the province has cut 19,000 hospital beds, many of them assess and restore and continuing care beds, once the mainstay of convalescent care for older patients. Today access to in-hospital restorative care and rehabilitation therapies is severely reduced and the promised "outpatient" services in the community and home are non-existent.
|My late friend, Kay in LTC.|
She found home care
insufficient for herself,
and her husband, at home.
What is the solution?
What many find appalling are the huge salaries for CEOs and those who are highly placed in the LHINs, and running CCACs. Many are on the Ontario Healthcare Sunshine list, while hospital beds are being closed, and waiting lists are long for long-term care and home care services.
Today, 80-year-old Graham receives 24-hour nursing care in a specially built addition to the family’s home and is, according to his wife Elizabeth, in the final stages of the disease.Local reporter, Desmond Devoy, wrote this article: