Friday, March 24, 2017

Ruth Adria is meeting with Alberta Justice folks. We have Leah McRorie and Velvet Martin meeting with other ministers but in the end all this is chatter. I -personally --I'm tired of chatter. It is the half way mark for the NDP folks. There needs to be action. Here are some suggestions. 1) A remedy for the problems encountered in the financial abuse of the POA legislation that does not require seniors to go to civil court and sue their kids. 2) Amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation to allow the INDEPENDENT appeal process so that families can contest unfair banning by any body. It's ridiculous that anyone can ban anyone and the banned person can't do anything. We need that just society business that is not in place. 3) Retribution issues need looking at. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society. This junk has been going on for decades. We need SLAPP legislation in place. I don't believe families should be bullied and silenced--do you? 4) Abuse cases need to be handled by an independent of government entity. This means taking PPIC folks out of the control of the Minister of Health. 5) Real powers to the health advocates and seniors advocates -we don't need placebo advocates who we are paying big bucks for --we need real advocates like Ruth Adria. 6)Health Quality Council of Alberta needs to do reviews of individual cases like that of my sister. This would prevent the legal games and we would not have the HQCA being sued. 7) The health minister needs to look at the problems of seniors and the folks stuck in limbo as Alternate Level of Care cases. What the heck is going on in Alberta that seniors, mentally ill folks and other hard to place people are stuck like rabbits in cages of hospitals, subacute settings and at the previous ALC program at Alberta Hospital for extra costs and no sort of decent quality of life? 8) All in all we need change with the seniors minister meeting with seniors groups like the Elder Advocates. Why is it that the Justice folks will meet with us and not the seniors folks? Where are they? What do we pay for? Invisibility? Change is coming for seniors. Their families will ensure change. The frail and vulnerable seniors can't make change happen. But their families can. The baby boomer population is knowledgeable, politically active and well off. We can get change to happen. Just watch us. Ruth Adria is working for seniors. What about the GOA and the NDP folks?



Julie Ali feeling happy.
Just now
Younger boy is not going to NAIT today as he isn't feeling well.
He did not go yesterday as well.
When Rebecca came home yesterday she wasn't very peppy either.
Seems like March is a sort of month for sickness. I told the nurse that Rebecca was very tired. She almost fell back when she got out of the car. I had to get her stroller so she could balance on it. Usually she can walk to the house through the garage without the stroller but this time I put it before her. She also had to walk a lot at the Dollarama store where she got more paints. Maybe all the exercise was more than she is used to but just in case, I asked the nurse if she could be put on the BIPAP earlier.
The meeting with the minister and the two staff was productive. Even if the Elder Advocates are just meeting and not getting solutions, we are still working on problems that are present and will be major issues in the future. No doubt eventually something hidden like financial abuse via POA takeover will become well known to the public just as the PPIC abuses are also known to the public. When the public is educated, then you get action taken by government. In any case, I am interested in the solutions of government since it isn't just enough to say to go to civil court. What the heck? These folks don't have control of their money. They are ancient. How does government expect them to go sue their kids? It's ridiculous. Also some of them are stuck in nursing homes without outside contact. It's difficult for these isolated folks to get the help they need for anything much less a lawsuit.
While government works on the POA problems there are other problems that need their attention. The Trespass to Premises legislation needs amendment. There needs to be an appeal process so that residents don't lose their family members as advocates just because the continuing care industry is banning them. There needs to be visitation rights enshrined by the political hires so that residents are not left alone with the system to deal with problems; sometimes as has been the case with my sister the system is very expedient rather than ethical in the treatment of problems.
There are many problems that are the lot of seniors. This is a vulnerable group that is being ignored by the GOA. As I mentioned to the chief of staff of the Justice Minister we had no action with the PCs. Sure they made a lot of legislation but fat lot of good that did us. What for example is the point of the PPIC legislation? This group of folks is under the control of the Minister of Health who sure as cows make milk won't let out the problems in the PPIC department to the public. Nope. Families will have to yap to media to get the change that the PPIC reports will not result in.
Meanwhile we have useless Health Advocates to provide information and help us navigate the system. Why can't the health advocates do more than be map readers? It is ridiculous we pay for folks who are basically there to move families forwards without evolution of the system. We have the Seniors Advocate who has just been installed to keep the restive folks in the senior section quiet but the Seniors Advocate (as far as I can tell) has done nothing to help seniors and it is hard for any senior to meet with any of these folks especially when they say there is nothing they can do for you.
The Health Quality Council folks will not deal with visitation rights, retribution problems and individual cases of premature termination over YEARS because I asked them to do this with reference to my sister and they said they don't do individual cases. What then does the HQCA do? It yaps about the just society to doctors who do the do not resuscitate orders with complete freedom. It's ridiculous.
And when we go to the Minister of Health what is her response? She sometimes writes long letters explaining that she can't do much because she is far too busy evolving the system. Other times there is silence. Some of us like Shauna McHarg do get to yap to the Minister but as far as I can tell this has not prevented Shauna from being banned again so what does meeting with a Health minister do for you except keep you busy?
Ruth Adria is meeting with Alberta Justice folks. We have Leah McRorie and Velvet Martin meeting with other ministers but in the end all this is chatter.
I -personally --I'm tired of chatter. It is the half way mark for the NDP folks. There needs to be action. Here are some suggestions.
1) A remedy for the problems encountered in the financial abuse of the POA legislation that does not require seniors to go to civil court and sue their kids.
2) Amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation to allow the INDEPENDENT appeal process so that families can contest unfair banning by any body. It's ridiculous that anyone can ban anyone and the banned person can't do anything. We need that just society business that is not in place.
3) Retribution issues need looking at. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society. This junk has been going on for decades. We need SLAPP legislation in place. I don't believe families should be bullied and silenced--do you?
4) Abuse cases need to be handled by an independent of government entity. This means taking PPIC folks out of the control of the Minister of Health.
5) Real powers to the health advocates and seniors advocates -we don't need placebo advocates who we are paying big bucks for --we need real advocates like Ruth Adria.
6)Health Quality Council of Alberta needs to do reviews of individual cases like that of my sister. This would prevent the legal games and we would not have the HQCA being sued.
7) The health minister needs to look at the problems of seniors and the folks stuck in limbo as Alternate Level of Care cases. What the heck is going on in Alberta that seniors, mentally ill folks and other hard to place people are stuck like rabbits in cages of hospitals, subacute settings and at the previous ALC program at Alberta Hospital for extra costs and no sort of decent quality of life?
8) All in all we need change with the seniors minister meeting with seniors groups like the Elder Advocates. Why is it that the Justice folks will meet with us and not the seniors folks? Where are they? What do we pay for? Invisibility?
Change is coming for seniors. Their families will ensure change. The frail and vulnerable seniors can't make change happen. But their families can.
The baby boomer population is knowledgeable, politically active and well off. We can get change to happen. Just watch us.
Ruth Adria is working for seniors. What about the GOA and the NDP folks?

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#FollowingRuthAdria--Part of the role of the Elder Advocates Working Group is to isolate the problems for the GOA folks. Once these problems are isolated we find solutions. We present these problems and solutions to government.
If government does not want to do the solutions and even does not see the problems, we simply keep working on the problems as well as asking the GOA for remedies to what are seniors problems.
Eventually there is a critical level of work and education of the public completed so that government is required to take action.
The action taken will in general be less than satisfactory because no one wants citizens to be too powerful.
Then we come in again to ask for amendments or new legislation.
It is important for families to join with Ruth Adria so that we get the critical number of folks yapping to government about seniors issues.
Seniors are too frail and old sometimes to do this work.
We need to do the work as families for our aged and sick family members.
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