Wednesday, March 22, 2017

who will stop us / when families stand up for them?-----------The number of full time equivalent employees working for the province will rise by 2,822 in 2017-2018. A majority of those staff will work for Alberta Health Services (AHS) cementing it as the province's largest employer. In an attempt to gain an understanding of what AHS does I made a request to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office (FOIP) "For the period May 1, 2015 to the present, I request all meeting minutes for meetings that have at least both the Continuing Care Branch and Alberta Health Services present". "The present" became the date of my request approval which was August 16, 2016. In response to this request I received a total of 656 pages of records. Of these 288 were released in full while 368 were disclosed in part with sections severed for various provided reasons. Below is a listing of Committees, etc. that these agencies were involved with and attended: 1) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Steering Committee (CCBMFSC). 2) Continuing Care Funding Planning Committee. 3) Continuing Care Capacity Needs Assessment (CCCNA). 4) Continuing Care Capital Options. 5) AH/AHS Continuing Care Funding Planning Working Group Meeting. 6) SMC Provincial Working Group. 7) Provincial Restorative/Reablement Care Project (PRRC). 8) Provincial Restorative Care Project - Working Group. 9) Intake & Screening Working Group. 10) Continuing Care Technology Working Group. 11) Provincial Best Practice Destination Home Committee. 12) Continuing Care Access and Waitlist Working Group. 13) Coordinated Access Working Group. 14) Home Care Collaborative Working Group. 15) Continuing Care Collaborative: Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Working Group. 16) Home Care Development Steering Committee. 17) Seniors Health SCN Core Committee. 18) Continuing Care Comprehensive Reporting Committee. 19) Continuing Care Quality Committee (CCQ). 20) Continuing Care Audits Working Group (CC-AWG). 21) Creating 2,000 New LTC Spaces: ADM Working Group. 22) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Working Group. 23) Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan-Steering Committee. 23) Continuing Care Collaborative Committee. 24) Continuing Care Collaborative: Long-Term Care Collaborative Working Group. 25) AH/AHS Standards and Monitoring Check-In. 26) Continuing Care Quality Indicator Working Group (CCQIWG). 27)ASANT First Link Dementia Early Intervention Project Management Committee. 28) Project Management Committee (PMC). 29) ACGA Caregiver SupportProject (Alberta Health Innovation Grant) Steering Committee. 30) Public Reporting of Beds/Spaces. It appears that these employees spend a great deal of time attending meetings. Many of these are just for the release of AHS policy statements. Perhaps they are an excuse to get out of the office or coffee breaks. I wonder whether these are ever compiled in a Standard Operational Procedures Manual or Final Reports available on computers for members? Or are policies and procedures in a constant state of flux enabling make work projects? Is the Health Minister actually aware of what is taking place in AHS? I doubt it. I could not find her name as present at any of the meetings. AHS appears to be an entity unto itself. An out of control bloated bureaucracy unaccountable to anyone. The only time the Health Minister usually surfaces in public is for photo opportunities to make money spending announcements or to show her title as deputy Premier. Sad. In a previous communication I suggested the following to the Premier. The entire Health Care System requires a total overhaul and realignment with reality: !) The Health Minister should be replaced with someone competent in the provision of upscale Health Care. 2) The Alberta Health Services Board should be disbanded and replaced with members competent in all aspects of Health Care and Continuing Care with emphasis on Seniors Care.not just persons personally appointed by the Health Minister. 3) The CEO (Dr. Verna Yiu) of Alberta Health Services should be awarded the authority,apparently currently restricted by the Health Minister, to, in consultation with a carefully selected panel of AHS personnel, conduct a total review of AHS structure and function and funding procedures, consolidate departments thus reducing redundancy, duplication and waste accompanied by appropriate reduction of personnel as appropriate. This would result in tremendous cost saving and a more streamlined and efficient organization with realigned priorities more in keeping with current Health Care requirements. I do not believe you will take any action on any public suggestions. That is a major mistake. The public put you there and the public will remove you from office. Keeping the Faith. Dr. Edward S. Redshaw. Ph.D.--


#FollowingRuthAdria--Well at least I now know where the taxpayer dollars are being spent.
It is being spent in spin generation.
I mean I had some idea of the amount of yapping that goes on at AHS and Covenant Health because I have spent much of 2014 and 2015 yapping with various staff at AHS, Covenant Health and the Good Samaritan Society at Millwoods about system wide failures and the lack of oversight by Alberta Health in these system wide failures DESPITE the fact that I had been writing to the ministry since early in 2014 asking for help.
Despite the first adverse event, everyone pretended that nothing had happened and my sister went to the UAH between June 12 to July 23, 2014 for the problems to be solved. Well solved according to the ways the doctors wanted the problems to be solved which is the R3 goals of care designation imposition so that the handicapped sister would not be intubated in crisis. This was basically an attempt to withdraw services that has been ongoing since 2010.
I have pretty much talked to everyone and their dog and asked help from all levels of government and by the hospital visit to the UAH in 2014 I was no further ahead than I had been in 2010 begging for her life.
But then there was one person in the entire province who thought in the same way as this stay at home mummy and he put salt in the bowl of porridge that I was cooking on the stove of despair.
Thanks to this ethicist I got a small stay in the madness.
Mind you the doctors at the UAH did not give up in their R3 madness.
They wrote on the forms that the Good Samaritan Extended Care doctor was to reassess the GOC designation after capacity testing but thankfully we were able to keep on the R1 GOC status for the next few months at least.
All through this ordeal we had to yap to ten million people everywhere and all of them were absolutely convinced that death by doctor of the Do not resuscitate kind was the way to go. What can I say?
So I had a pretty good idea that AHS and Covenant Health staff are yapping with other families in these dumb ways but I had no understanding of the other yapping that our paid staff engage in until Dr. Redshaw did the FOIP request and enumerated for the citizens of Alberta the diarrhea of chatter that is the entire purpose of the health authority. Apparently they have meetings to speak about stuff like evicted residents and how to speak to media about these unfortunates to media and government.
Instead of making sure that there are rights for our family in care the AHS folks are working hard to determine the reasons for the evictions and then move the evicted person forwards in a speedy fashion and then provide reasons to media for any preferential treatment.
According to the AHS folks evicted folks would have a placement ranking "of 1 or 2 in Community" which sure sounds like priority post travel to the next placement to me.
I also learn that evictions due to non-payment are handled by sending the evicted folks from the private continuing care provider to a facility run by AHS such as Carewest. Wow. So instead of getting the private continuing care provider to work on the problem they let the private provider to do whatever they want and simply destabilize the resident and then quick as they can end the media attention they move the resident to the AHS site to arrange collection of rent. So if collection of rent can be arranged at an AHS managed site why not at the private continuing care facility?
And why is AHS making spin with good documentation for "Clients that jump the queue?" Surely we do not have preferential treatment for evictions in the continuing care system where the private provider won't take the client back and there could be possible media and government attention?
What the heck? And this was just one committee yapping.
What about the others? I thought I had talked to everyone in the health care and continuing care system but apparently not.
Here are the ones that have been listed by Dr. Redshaw:
Below is a listing of Committees, etc. that these agencies were involved with and attended:
1) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Steering Committee (CCBMFSC).
2) Continuing Care Funding Planning Committee.
3) Continuing Care Capacity Needs Assessment (CCCNA).
4) Continuing Care Capital Options.
5) AH/AHS Continuing Care Funding Planning Working Group Meeting.
6) SMC Provincial Working Group.
7) Provincial Restorative/Reablement Care Project (PRRC).
8) Provincial Restorative Care Project - Working Group.
9) Intake & Screening Working Group.
10) Continuing Care Technology Working Group.
11) Provincial Best Practice Destination Home Committee.
12) Continuing Care Access and Waitlist Working Group.
13) Coordinated Access Working Group.
14) Home Care Collaborative Working Group.
15) Continuing Care Collaborative: Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Working Group.
16) Home Care Development Steering Committee.
17) Seniors Health SCN Core Committee.
18) Continuing Care Comprehensive Reporting Committee.
19) Continuing Care Quality Committee (CCQ).
20) Continuing Care Audits Working Group (CC-AWG).
21) Creating 2,000 New LTC Spaces: ADM Working Group.
22) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Working Group.
23) Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan-Steering Committee.
23) Continuing Care Collaborative Committee.
24) Continuing Care Collaborative: Long-Term Care Collaborative Working Group.
25) AH/AHS Standards and Monitoring Check-In.
26) Continuing Care Quality Indicator Working Group (CCQIWG).
27)ASANT First Link Dementia Early Intervention Project Management Committee.
28) Project Management Committee (PMC).
29) ACGA Caregiver SupportProject (Alberta Health Innovation Grant) Steering Committee.
30) Public Reporting of Beds/Spaces.
I guess this is why there is no change in the system. Folks are having coffee and doughnuts and thinking of spin for the media and government. #AHSSPIN
Gotta wonder what sort of job these folks do.
What sort of value do we get for our tax dollars?
Not much.
Time for us to prune this overgrown tree of entitlement and spin at AHS and the GOA. #GOASPIN

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and I took my black book of mourning
and I documented the stories of the continuing care system

I said what I saw
and I asked help for her who was defenceless

I told the world what she went through
but because she is handicapped no one cared

it's all about the elite and the powerful
the least among us don't get what they need 

but the power companies get for free
the handouts in the billions which they did not ask for

and when we speak
well we get retribution    we get evictions and bannings


and if we don't stop speaking
we get the lawsuits to bankrupt our families

we're supposed to accept
the system wide failures like rodents 

scrambling in the darkness
for meat 

for the elite      we're just the rodents
the sewer rats 

and our families don't matter
we're supposed to shut up and suck it up

because we just pay for everything
and when the system fails

government covers up for them 
because the truth     might harm corporate interests

and the good image of performance
of the government    that is not true in some cases


but what happens if we simply speak
and document the failures?

what happens if we keep writing
and asking for change in Alberta?

what happens if despite the lawsuits
we get the word out to the other families?


who will stop the families who 
aren't going to stay silent about the secret shame?

who will stop us as we align
with Ruth Adria and the Elder Advocates of Alberta?


who will stop us
when families stand up for them?



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From: Edward Redshaw <>
Date: Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:19 PM
Subject: Another word to the wise.
To: Premier@gov.ab.ca
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Dear Honourable Premier:

In response to the budget criticism by the President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce the Finance Minister stated "A more aggressive approach would mean damaging cuts to public services.

Why does he have to cut services? Why not cut employees?

Why is it necessary to continue this ongoing increase in provincial employees especially in Alberta Health Services (AHS)?.

The number of full time equivalent employees working for the province will rise by 2,822 in 2017-2018. A majority of those staff will work for Alberta Health Services (AHS) cementing it as the province's largest employer.

In an attempt to gain an understanding of what AHS does I made a request  to the  Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Office (FOIP) "For the period May 1, 2015 to the present, I request all meeting minutes for meetings that have at least both the Continuing Care Branch and Alberta Health Services present". "The present" became the date of my request approval which was August 16, 2016.

In response to this request I received a total of 656 pages of records. Of these 288 were released in full while 368 were disclosed in part with sections severed for various provided reasons.

Below is a listing of Committees, etc. that these agencies were involved with and attended:

1) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Steering Committee (CCBMFSC).
2) Continuing Care Funding Planning Committee.
3) Continuing Care Capacity Needs Assessment (CCCNA).
4) Continuing Care Capital Options.
5) AH/AHS Continuing Care Funding Planning Working Group Meeting.
6) SMC Provincial Working Group.
7) Provincial Restorative/Reablement Care Project (PRRC).
8) Provincial Restorative Care Project - Working Group.
9) Intake & Screening Working Group.
10) Continuing Care Technology Working Group.
11) Provincial Best Practice Destination Home Committee.
12) Continuing Care Access and Waitlist Working Group.
13) Coordinated Access Working Group.
14) Home Care Collaborative Working Group.
15) Continuing Care Collaborative: Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Working Group.
16) Home Care Development Steering Committee.
17) Seniors Health SCN Core Committee.
18) Continuing Care Comprehensive Reporting Committee.
19) Continuing Care Quality Committee (CCQ).
20) Continuing Care Audits Working Group (CC-AWG).
21) Creating 2,000 New LTC Spaces: ADM Working Group.
22) Continuing Care Business Model and Funding Working Group.
23) Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan-Steering Committee.
23) Continuing Care Collaborative Committee.
24) Continuing Care Collaborative: Long-Term Care Collaborative Working Group.
25) AH/AHS Standards and Monitoring Check-In.
26) Continuing Care Quality Indicator Working Group (CCQIWG).
27)ASANT First Link Dementia Early Intervention Project Management Committee.
28) Project Management Committee (PMC).
29) ACGA Caregiver SupportProject (Alberta Health Innovation Grant) Steering Committee.
30) Public Reporting of Beds/Spaces.

It appears that these employees spend a great deal of time attending meetings. Many of these are just for the release of AHS policy statements. Perhaps they are an excuse to get out of the office or coffee breaks. I wonder whether these are ever compiled in a Standard Operational Procedures Manual or Final Reports available on computers for members? Or are policies and procedures in a constant state of flux enabling make work projects?

Is the Health Minister actually aware of what is taking place in AHS? I doubt it. I could not find her name as present at any of the meetings.

AHS appears to be an entity unto itself. An out of control bloated bureaucracy unaccountable to anyone.

The only time the Health Minister usually surfaces in public is for photo opportunities to make money spending announcements or to show her title as deputy Premier. Sad.

In a previous communication I suggested the following to the Premier.

The entire Health Care System requires a total overhaul and realignment with reality:

!) The Health Minister should be replaced with someone competent in the provision of upscale Health Care.
2) The Alberta Health Services Board should be disbanded and replaced with members competent in all aspects of Health Care and Continuing Care with emphasis on Seniors Care.not just persons personally appointed by the Health Minister.
3) The CEO (Dr. Verna Yiu) of Alberta Health Services should be awarded the authority,apparently currently restricted by the Health Minister, to, in consultation with a carefully selected panel of AHS personnel, conduct a total review of AHS structure and function and funding procedures, consolidate departments thus reducing redundancy, duplication and waste accompanied by appropriate reduction of personnel as appropriate. This would result in tremendous cost saving and a more streamlined and efficient organization with realigned priorities more in keeping with current Health Care requirements.

I do not believe you will take any action on any public suggestions. That is a major mistake. The public put you there and the public will remove you from office.

Keeping the Faith. Dr. Edward S. Redshaw. Ph.D.


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