Monday, May 22, 2017

-----"No one should end their life in pain or possible neglect," said Astrid Saari, whose 85-year-old mom lives at the Elizabeth Centre Saari's mom has a private room, which costs $2,500 per month. ----------Approximately 20,000 people in the province were on wait lists for long-term care services last year, according to the Ontario Long-Term Care Association.-----------Corinne Mattinen, 56, has called the Elizabeth Centre home for the past 15 years. "We just need help," Mattinen said. "That's all I can say."----------Saari said she wants the province to increase staffing and provide stable funding. She considers quality long-term care as a debt owed to the older generation. "They were the pillars of our society maybe 20 years ago," Saari said. "They deserve better care. They deserve as much as they need."------------Julie Ali Just now · CBC News · The provincial governments are well aware of the problems in the continuing care system. In Alberta we have hired the NDP folks who were conversant of the deficiencies of the system but once they arrived at the power place have somehow developed amnesia. What this means for the folks in Ontario is this--the NDP folks who they are complaining to will listen sympathetically and get media attention but if y'all hire the NDP folks they will morph into the ruling political party. In Alberta the NDP folks are now the NDPCs. In Ontario, the NDP folks if hired to government will become the LiberalNDP. It's a lose-lose situation for voters and especially for the voters who have families in continuing care. My feeling is instead of going to the opposition and the ruling political parties that we join up family with family and get #MediaAttention no matter who is in power. And we keep doing this for decades as Ruth Adria has had to do. Only #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything that gets government to do the work it does not want to do. Why doesn't government want to do the work in the continuing care system? It's expensive and the government wants to be a bank and hand the money to others so they aren't stuck with the work. Since this is the case we might as well have small government, less taxes paid to the small downsized government and take care of our own. What say you families? #MediaAttention #SocialMediaChangesEverything #SHARESHARESHARE Long-term care residents 'deserve better care' France Gelinas, Ontario NDP health critic and Nickel Belt MPP, is planning to present a petition in the legislature this week urging the provincial government to prioritize long-term care improvements in the next budget. CBC.CA


"No one should end their life in pain or possible neglect," said Astrid Saari, whose 85-year-old mom lives at the Elizabeth Centre
Saari's mom has a private room, which costs $2,500 per month.
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While no one should end up in a situation where they are vulnerable to the whims of government unfortunately this is exactly what happens to our most vulnerable citizens in Alberta. It seems that this is the case also in Ontario.
We have the opposition NDP in Ontario championing the fate of these poor folks in the continuing care system which is also overburdened by a massive waiting list but no one really cares as proven by the NDP folks in Alberta.
What will happen if the NDP get hired in Ontario is that they will become indifferent to the pleas of the families as the folks in Alberta have become. These folks in Alberta are amazingly able to find $235 million for the orphan well program of the oil and gas industry in an interest free loan which is just throwing the money down the drain in my opinion. Meanwhile the vulnerable folks in the continuing care system have to make do with poor staff: resident ratios and the non-compliances in the system that are catalogued in this opinion piece by the Wildrose folks in Lacombe-where the long term care facility is managed by AHS:
http://www.lacombeglobe.com/…/serious-health-concerns-at-la…
OPINION
Serious health concerns at Lacombe long term car facility need attention
Some of the 80 breaches that were identified as a result of the AHS investigation include using non-sterile supplies, forgetting to secure and label medication and leaving sharps unattended in open areas.
The investigation also identified significant training issues such as a lack of proper procedures in dementia care, risk management, fall prevention, CPR, bathing, palliative and end-of-life care.
A whistleblower at AHS was shocked at the poor state of the facility, and I quickly moved to question the government on the state of central Alberta seniors care. Based on the information I was given, I can only assume that this situation arose due to a severe lack of quality audits at the facility by AHS officials.
The NDP government is content with the quality of these audits, but Wildrose is not. Patients and their loved ones in our community have seen inadequate levels of care that are simply unacceptable. Dignity in aging should be afforded to every human being.
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While the Wildrose Party is in opposition they will do what the NDP folks did while they were in opposition which is bring up these issues of neglect, poor oversight and no sort of compliance monitoring that I can determine if there were 80 non-compliances while the facility was being audited. When the Wildrose Party forms our next government will they keep their promises to evolve the continuing care system or will we have the same old same old of the Tories and now of the NDPCs?
My guess is that the work of changing the system won't happen with the politicians.
It will happen when families work together to make change happen. This means getting #MediaAttention and doing the social media business that is so effective in educating the public. And once the public is roused, watch out.

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'We just need help': Petition on long-term care improvements to be presented in Ontario legislature

'No one should end their life in pain or possible neglect,' daughter of long-term care resident says

By Olivia Stefanovich, CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 5:00 AM ET
Corinne Mattinen, 56, has lived at the Elizabeth Centre in Greater Sudbury, Ont., for the past 15 years.
Corinne Mattinen, 56, has lived at the Elizabeth Centre in Greater Sudbury, Ont., for the past 15 years.
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France Gelinas, Ontario NDP health critic and Nickel Belt MPP, is planning to present a petition in the legislature this week urging the provincial government to prioritize long-term care improvements in the next budget.
Almost 500 signatures are from residents and staff at the Elizabeth Centre — a long-term care home in Greater Sudbury, Ont.
Gelinas met with them last Friday to hear their stories.
"The ones who have been there for some time, they all say the same thing," Gelinas said.
"'The staff used to have more time with me. Now I feel rushed all the time.'"
France Gelinas meets long-term care residents
France Gelinas, Ontario NDP health critic and Nickel Belt MPP, speaks to residents of the Elizabeth Centre in Greater Sudbury, Ont. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)
Corinne Mattinen, 56, has called the Elizabeth Centre home for the past 15 years.
"We just need help," Mattinen said. "That's all I can say."

'Need a home when they get old'

As Mattinen sees it, more money is needed for personal support workers and nurses so they can spend more time with residents.
Mattinen also wants to see more long-term care facilities open.
"One of these days the PSWs [personal support workers] ... are going to be old too," Mattinen said.
Astrid Saari
Astrid Saari is urging the Ontario government to prioritize long-term care improvements in the next budget. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)
"They need a home when they get old."
Approximately 20,000 people in the province were on wait lists for long-term care services last year, according to the Ontario Long-Term Care Association.
"No one should end their life in pain or possible neglect," said Astrid Saari, whose 85-year-old mom lives at the Elizabeth Centre
Saari's mom has a private room, which costs $2,500 per month.  

'We just don't think about that early enough'

Saari said she wants the province to increase staffing and provide stable funding. She considers quality long-term care as a debt owed to the older generation.
"They were the pillars of our society maybe 20 years ago," Saari said.
"They deserve better care. They deserve as much as they need."
Saari also wants people to start planning long-term care earlier.
"We just don't think about that," Saari said.
"We come to it when there's a crisis. Our loved one is in hospital and decisions have to be made."

The provincial governments are well aware of the problems in the continuing care system. In Alberta we have hired the NDP folks who were conversant of the deficiencies of the system but once they arrived at the power place have somehow developed amnesia.
 What this means for the folks in Ontario is this--the NDP folks who they are complaining to will listen sympathetically and get media attention but if y'all hire the NDP folks they will morph into the ruling political party.
In Alberta the NDP folks are now the NDPCs.
In Ontario, the NDP folks if hired to government will become the LiberalNDP.
It's a lose-lose situation for voters and especially for the voters who have families in continuing care.
My feeling is instead of going to the opposition and the ruling political parties that we join up family with family and get #MediaAttention no matter who is in power. And we keep doing this for decades as Ruth Adria has had to do. Only #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything gets government to do the work it does not want to do.
Why doesn't government want to do the work in the continuing care system? It's expensive and the government wants to be a bank and hand the money to others so they aren't stuck with the work.
Since this is the case we might as well have small government, less taxes paid to the small downsized government and take care of our own.
What say you families? #MediaAttention #SocialMediaChangesEverything #SHARESHARESHARE


France Gelinas, Ontario NDP health critic and Nickel Belt MPP, is planning to present a petition in the legislature this week urging the provincial government to prioritize long-term care improvements in the next budget.
CBC.CA

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