Thursday, June 29, 2017

Faye Leicht Faye Leicht Pictures do not tell the true story about our Senior care in Alberta ! The NDP need to come out and see what really happens in these for profit Senior care facilities. They need more staff !!!! I would like to see Miss Hoffman jump out of bed , use washroom and get washed up and dressed in 7 minutes ,yes that is what the staff are expected to do ,get each resident up and ready in 7 minutes. OMG people you need to be scared to get old because these facilities are run for profit , not for care, and the people who are paying are the people who build this province , open your eyes before it,s to late... Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry · Reply · 13 · June 20 at 11:24pm Julie Ali Julie Ali Ms. Hoffman is well aware of the problems in the continuing care system because I have been writing about them for the past few years. The only thing constant in the folks we hire is apathy, indifference and self interest. Here is where I post my comments on the continuing care system: http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/ Unable to post comment. Try Again Julie Ali Write a reply...



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Joyce Werry
 What happened to the Self Managed Care program through Home Care? That was a great program ... working well! Was it cancelled?
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Julie Ali According to the Minister its still there but apparently front line staff aren't on the same page as the Minister: https://www.facebook.com/RonOrrAB/videos/620895261435581/
Ron Orr MLA
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Wildrose wants to know; can senior residents of private
facilities still access self-managed care for their unmet health needs?
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June 22 at 9:22am


Muriel Stovin
 Love the NDP for what they are doing for us to help us stay in our own home with the help of home care. Keep up the good work!!
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June 18 at 8:58am
Tina Fox Congrats...Funny they shut down homes for seniors in rural areas...but hey...you got yours. Ugh!
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June 19 at 2:40am
Gloria Galas You better check and see how little home care you will get not much
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June 19 at 5:46pm
Penny Russell Leman There was an excellent program through Home Care called Self Managed Care that allowed seniors and those with chronic illnesses to access funding to stay independent at home. It ran successfully for years. The NDP government quietly froze funds for tha...See More
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June 20 at 9:08pm
Julie Ali What good work? We haven't seen any of this so called good work in the continuing care system. We still have the same problems with non-compliances even at AHS run facilities. If this is the situation at AHS run facilities what is the situation in the private for profit and not for profit sectors of the continuing care system? Where is the money to assist families coping with dementia patients at home? What is the dementia care like in the continuing care system? I'm betting that families will be able to provide better dementia care at home than in the system because hey--there is NO provincial dementia strategy even though major numbers of folks have been yapping about the strategy for years while families slog it out at home. It's troubling that the NDP are even worse than the PCs and yet the spin is so much better that we have folks fooled even after two years of incompetence. And let us not forget Sundre where the minister tried to shut down long term care beds: http://www.friendsofmedicare.org/wodak_sundre Closure of the LTC beds was not an AHS decision. The LTC beds in the Sundre Hospital were registered as an Auxiliary Hospital. According to the OPERATION OF APPROVED HOSPITALS REGULATION Alberta Regulation 247/1990 “Every hospital shall require prior approval of the Minister for a) any proposed major change or termination of an existing service provided by the hospital ...”

This was a decision made without any consultation with the community, and the community is very concerned about the loss of the LTC beds. AHS is now planning consultations to determine future use of the hospital space

The current NDP government is on record over a long period of time, in 2012, NDP MLA David Eggen compared the closure of the long term care facility in Carmangay to “domestic abuse” at a rally to protest Premier Redford’s decision. Also in 2012, Premier Rachel Notley commented that the Tory plan to limit LTC beds and shift to supportive living “aims to force sick seniors to shoulder a larger share of their health-related costs and live in facilities that may offer them an inadequate level of care.

"It's unfair, but it's also absolutely penny wise and pound foolish," Notley said.

"These patients will end up in much more expensive ER and acute care beds because they are the last resort."

The 2015 NDP Election Platform promised to create 2,000 public long term care beds [not to close public beds and shifting to private supportive living], and to “end the PCs’ costly experiments in privatization, and redirect the funds to publicly delivered services. 

They are short-changing Alberta seniors by not creating enough long-term care beds and relying on expensive, for-profit delivery of inadequate assisted living and homecare.

Hansard records for Monday, March 14, 2016 and Tuesday March 15, 2016 show an interesting role reversal; the Wildrose protesting shutting down long-term care beds and laying off nurses in Sundre, and NDP Health Minister Hoffman explaining that they’re not really losing LTC beds, although there might be a slightly different level of care the number of beds is increasing from 15 to 40.

The Minister’s lines could have been written by any of the Tory Health
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Julie Ali Tina Fox I'm glad Muriel got what she voted for. I voted for the NDP so as to get action in continuing care. What I got was the same old same old baloney of the PCs. I don't know why folks don't recognize the lack of performance but eventually when their family members are in the continuing care system they can look back at the NDP legacy of inaction and see it as their one and only opportunity to change the system. Too bad.
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Edda Selinger Being part of a Caregiver Support Group, I heard from members that applying for "Self Managed Care" is very onerous. One couple just gave up facing so much red tape.
Edda Selinger I meant to ask you, Penny, if I may: Who are you going to vote for in 2019? The PC's are corrupt (your word, not mine), the NDP are "busy robbing Peter to pay Paul". Not much left with a chance to form a Government, since the Wild Rose are merging with the PC's...
Julie Ali Edda Selinger I was told that self managed care funding is difficult to obtain. Also it is not well known. In terms of families coping with dementia cases at home there needs to be better support. Also families with special needs children are without respite; the GOA expects siblings to do the care of their handicapped family members. This is not right. The GOA needs to provide respite to families struggling with family members with special needs. Every one needs rest and time alone.
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Donna Capson Are you crazy lady they do not help us seniors
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June 23 at 5:31am
Peggy Beres Not all people can be cared for in their own homes. Just the plumbing and special lifts and 24 hour care would be tremendous. Unless you have a disabled love one you simply cannot understand all that is involved!
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June 27 at 7:36pm






Brenda Trottier
 So what are they going to do for seniors put them back under Healthcare umbrella and put together guidelines and policy's and procedure guidelines for private facility's and establish a patient to caregiver ratio
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June 17 at 1:37pm
Brenda Hill Good questions.
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June 17 at 2:02pm
Shirlene Omiunu We definitely need some changes. Most importantly we need to get rid of ALL privatized nursing homes - like privatized jails - they are just making off of human misery.
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June 17 at 3:39pm
Brenda Trottier That is so true we can thank the conservatives for that
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June 17 at 3:40pm
Cynthia Judith McRae Shirlene Omiunu you are correct Nursing care should not be privatized as it always about profit Not the care people deserve.I dread getting older and ending up in such places.
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June 18 at 8:35am
Peggy Beres So true. These for profit care homes put the bottom line first. It is really hard trying to get anything done about these places.
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June 19 at 9:45am
Brenda Trottier Yes it is especially when the government is giving them millions of dollars to build places to take them and lying to people telling them it's a good thing and no policy's in place or laws to protect the seniors it's really hard to watch
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June 19 at 9:49am
Linda Fikkert We have privatized nursing homes? For me the ideal would be seniors in their own homes with visiting caregivers. Some places in Alberta have nothing in place. I am a senior, I do not trust anything %100 government controlled, either. I did work in "nursing homes" . Nothing is perfect, ideal is as close to home and family as possible. Give excellent support to family as they care for their loved ones at home where possible. Rural seniors suffer the most by being distanced from familiar surrondings.
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Brenda Trottier That's true and yes what bothers me is they take seniors out from under the Healthcare umbrella and put them under the accomdation act to place them in private care so everything is separate and costly but that isn't under any guidelines so patient to nurse or caregiver ratios is not governed at all and yes we have lots
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June 19 at 4:03pm
Linda Fikkert Learning more as I talk to those with parents in this system. Ratios are 40 to 1 and rising to 60 to one in some places. This needs change but not %100 government controlled. We are humans not canned goods.
Brenda Trottier That's right and it needs to be a dressed in the old days the ratios were very bad to it has alot to do with the rating system they use to place people in different beds and different facility's this is not what they require for care and private facility's are not even required to call an ambulance when they are sick or hurt because they are under the accommodations act it is very wrong and when something does happen and it makes the news the out comes are never told are they staff is fired and there is an investigation pending but nothing else happens then they open a new place with government money in another town and no one seems to care unless they or a loved one is caught up in the nightmare
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June 19 at 10:07pm
Brenda Trottier That's right and it needs to be a dressed in the old days the ratios were very bad to it has alot to do with the rating system they use to place people in different beds and different facility's this is not what they require for care and private facility's are not even required to call an ambulance when they are sick or hurt because they are under the accommodations act it is very wrong and when something does happen and it makes the news the out comes are never told are they staff is fired and there is an investigation pending but nothing else happens then they open a new place with government money in another town and no one seems to care unless they or a loved one is caught up in the nightmare
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June 19 at 10:08pm
Julie Ali Brenda Trottier The money being given to the continuing care businesses do not result in any assets for the public and we also have no control over the way the private sector (for profit or not for profit) conducts business. Staff:resident ratios are not mandated by government so anything goes. The Cold Lake Points West Living staff were all fired recently after complaining about working conditions. It is troubling that the NDP failed to do anything about this mass termination.
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June 20 at 11:29pm
Julie Ali Brenda Trottier Government doesn't care about the problems of families in the continuing care system because government set up this system so as to download both staff and citizen issues to the private sector for the most part. Even if residents are in the public sector continuing care facility they can be disciplined with the use of evictions and their families can face retribution thanks to the Trespass to Premises legislation that allows banning. While the PCs made this legislation the NDP folks have not amended it to allow access to justice for banned citizens. Oh, nope. Ms. Hoffman just got the AHS folks to make a banning policy to regulate the banning. The internal to AHS appeal process is there to tidy up the loose ends. It's troubling but there you go. At least we know that the NDP aren't willing to rock this continuing care ship until it sinks. Or stinks as in #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything.
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Julie Ali Shirlene Omiunu The public continuing care facilities are performing poorly as well. Lacombe long term care was found to have four years of non-compliances for accommodation audits and had many non-compliances to the standards of care with reference to the CCHSS audit. Troubling. http://www.lacombeexpress.com/.../critics-call-for-quick.../ “These are serious issues and as the person who delivered it to us felt, they were shocked and thought the public needed to know,” said Orr.

“Our objective is not to make things worse at the hospital or to try and blame anybody. We want to try and see this whole thing fixed and we want to see the hospital to be a safe place for residents and a happy place for family members to have their residents and quite frankly a safe and happy place for staff to work. I don’t think this is caused by staff directly. This is caused by the long-term and systemic issues of Alberta Health Services and particularly the funding that has been so well detailed for all of Central Alberta where we receive substantially less funding then other places.

“As a result, staff are short, equipment is short, maintenance issues are not dealt with, supplies are not provided and the staff are doing the best they can with a very, very difficult situation.

“It needs to come to light so Alberta Health Services can’t just whitewash it and make it all go away.”
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Brenda Trottier I hope it does come to light and things can be changed I don't think that letting this go on until it's totally broken or more people die needlessly is the only route to go but the system is horrible and we owe our seniors a large debt in society they went to war and changed things for us now how do we go about changing things for them this would be a movement I could get behind and I don't think I'm alone
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June 21 at 6:35am
Tom Smith Shirlene Omiunu Idiots! More public sector wages costing 30% , how does that help?
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June 21 at 6:42am
Julie Ali Tom Smith What on Earth are you talking about? If the private sector can't take care of our most vulnerable people humanely then let us indeed get more public sector workers to do this work. Or do you want this junk to continue? Government is not willing to do anything about private sector business practices so let us do the work in a regulated public sector business that we manage.
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Julie Ali Brenda Trottier Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society has been bringing these issues up and has been ignored, harassed with banning tickets and sued. Government, the health authorities and the continuing care industry are all partners with each other and yet who is partners with us? The families have no one. Don't think any of the advocates and patient relations departments are there for families. They are there to move families forward and keep issues private so that the GOA is not embarrassed. The sad part is that we pay for all these people who do not serve us.
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Peggy Beres Tom, spoken like a really misinformed person. So money is more important to you than decent care for sick seniors? And by the way, all people in these for profit care homes are not seniors. And not there because they ignored their health. Believe it or not bad illnesses happen to healthy people. Asking for more care givers means some of us care that they all get good care. Would seem to me more money spent on caregivers would be much better spent that the wild amounts of money our governments throw at some of their pet projects. Hope you do not end up in care, it sure would change your perspective in a hurry!
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June 27 at 7:33pm





Cheryl Osborne Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion. For profit long term homes are too under staffed to do this. Yet, supposedly, they are meeting staffing requirements. There's something seriously wrong.
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June 25 at 10:12pm
Peggy Beres Not only are they understaffed but their staff training sucks. And management are just there to try to make you think they are trying. Staff are working 2 or 3 jobs, and the one caregiver for 12 residents at night usually snoozes. We constantly get casual staff who are completely at sea because they have never worked with these residents and the results are horrific. Today they had managed to bathroom my husband but left the feces in the toilet. He wasn't cleaned properly so was sitting in pull ups soiled with feces. Which happens a lot. We get casual LPN who give wrong meds, residents who are told they will have to wait to go to the bathroom because they are taking their break! These problems are up to management to fix, but they listen to you then promptly go file it under their desk blotter. Please God let me go quickly so I don't have to go through what the residents are experiencing.
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June 27 at 7:21pm
Julie Ali Peggy Beres These are issues that need to be raised with the management of facilities; when this results in no changes the concerns need to be directed to Ms. Hoffman.What are we paying the folks in government to do when they can't even detect non-compliances at AHS facilities such as the one in Lacombe with their audits every two years? http://www.wildrose.ca/leaked_documents_highlight_serious...
May 09, 2017
Leaked documents highlight serious concerns with level of care at Lacombe Hospital and care centre: Wildrose
Leaked documents show a system in flux at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre (LHCC) and bring to light serious concerns about the level of care provided at the facility, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The documents outline an investigation that was launched in April 2017 as a result of “serious concerns raised about care quality at the site” brought forward by Red Deer College practical nurse students who were completing their practicums at the facility.

Serious breaches that were found as a result of the investigation include:
expired aseptic sterile supplies like catheters;
soiled linen and garbage overflowing into hallways;
slings being used communally without a clear, consistent cleaning process;
medication left unsecured, unlabeled, unattended;
lack of proper training in medication management and assistance (for those managing medication);
lack of proper training in dementia care (for those assisting clients with dementia); and
lack of proper training in risk management, fall prevention, CPR, palliative/end-of-life care, safe lifts, restraints, and bathing.
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Bonnie Fay Gravel
 No kidding! People should take care of their elders, not stick them a facility where they get neglected and abused. Don't tell me I don't know, because I worked at one in the office and had many seniors coming to me and crying about how they were treated and neglected. I hope my Mama never has to go to one of those places. 
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Julie Ali Sometimes it is not possible to care for a family member at home. Maybe this is because of work or aging or burn out.
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Joe Wasala Seniors of today have lived through the greatest economic expansion & prosperity this province has ever seen. Many could have saved, invested or lived more frugally with their money. Although some have fallen on hard times for a variety of reasons and need help, the majority just pissed it away and are now looking to the government for handouts. I would expect majority of seniors of today need some help because of inflation and technology, but the sky should not be falling on them. Add that today's NDP and all but Ralph's reign, also did not live frugally and pissed savings away.
Connie Louise Buck That is YOUR opinion & a misguided one at that ! Sorry for your unhappiness ! 😥
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June 25 at 2:40pm
Heike Unser Live in my shoes for 1 month and you will see that I have nothing to "piss" away.
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June 25 at 11:46pm
Joe Wasala Connie Louise Buck Doing quite well thank you!!!🏝️
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Jane Olsen Assisted living without gov't subsidy costs $8000 to $10,000 a month. The subsidy wait-list is long because it rightfully needs to be triaged. You go where the available spots are. If you were able to work hard and live frugally enough to afford those ...See More
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June 26 at 1:11pmEdited
Heike Unser Connie Louise Buck I believe your comment was to address Joe Wasalas post. Some people will never understand how some of their neighbours live. They don't want to. It would make them feel guilty that they do nothing to help other people. They feel ent...See More
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June 26 at 5:04pm
Heike Unser Jane Olsen Thank you for your response. I know that there are more people that care for others then those nay Sayers. I'm sure this person has no feelings outside of himself which I actually feel sorry for. He will never have that wonderful feeling of serving others.
Peggy Beres Well Joe, when you end up in long term care you will find that whether you are well heeled and pay your way, or are subsidized will make no difference in the level of care you are given! Don't wish you misfortune in health, but it sure would give you a dose of reality!
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June 27 at 7:03pm
Julie Ali Peggy Beres I am sure he will find out the true situation when he enters the continuing care system as we did. I am afraid the public just has no idea.
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J RH Bradbury I totally agree, my mom wasn't able to live on her own, once she had a stroke so we moved her into an assisted living facility very close to our home. However there were many residents there who had no one to help them and they were desperately lonely.
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June 20 at 5:38pm
Joyce Carlson I do not want to live alone and hope that someone will come quickly when I need help Senior homes for assistant living is better by far than sitting in your home waiting for care and cold meals. Ask the seniors what they need and want
Dennis Cheng NDP care for alberta, NDP need to get long with tump on oil policy, need to explain to tump, USA has to built leadership by a USA + euro frame , to balance the china + Russia! the world has to be built by western ally as major plus china + Russia as minor .


Jean P. Wells The government needs to check all senior homes, especially the "for profit ones"" . Senior homes are an accident waiting to happen. They have no back up system, and there is no law to say they have to supply it. The government should fix this NOW.
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June 25 at 12:53pm
Julie Ali I am afraid this won't happen.
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Jean Davis Rockwell Penny, can't we wait and see, if you miss you PC party so much I feel sorry for you, but when vote time comes please make sure you vote,as for the seniors I haven"t seen any party do anything for us, I paid 800:00 a year for school tax, we as seniors shouldn't have to pay school tax, I think that we have paid enough over the years
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June 20 at 11:25pm


Alexandria Kennedy I volunteer in both a profit and non-profit senior homes. The profit run ones seem to nickel and dime the residents when they already pay a hefty monthly bill to live their. Both profit/non-profit homes are short on front line workers. Without us volunteers they wouldn't be able to do most of their daily activities for the seniors. Then the ones that decide what the seniors should have or do have seldom if at all have even been to the senior's home. I hope I die before I go into a home unless I win the lottery. Even then I would hire people to help me than go into a seniors home because I know conditions and care will only get worse.
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June 23 at 8:53am
Judi Edwards Kutos to you for being a wonderful volunteer for these care facilities... it is people like you that help staff... but also keep them "in line" so their "faults" are not seen by the community!
Peggy Beres I spend every day at the care home with my husband so I can help make sure he gets care. You go home at night hoping it will be good. Hoping he won't get the wrong meds! Hoping he won't get up and try to go to the bathroom because the one night time caregiver does not answer the buzzer, fall on the floor again and get hurt. Oh the good times we have !


Sylvia Kennedy Approving a DESPERATELY needed lodge in High Level so our seniors don't have to leave their communities, would be a good start🤔🙏🙏
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June 19 at 9:29pm
Julie Ali Don't count on the Hoffman saying yes to this unless you can get a whole pile of mummies writing on her Facebook page as per the midwives who got money for mummies.



Faye Leicht Pictures do not tell the true story about our Senior care in Alberta ! The NDP need to come out and see what really happens in these for profit Senior care facilities. They need more staff !!!! I would like to see Miss Hoffman jump out of bed , use washroom and get washed up and dressed in 7 minutes ,yes that is what the staff are expected to do ,get each resident up and ready in 7 minutes. OMG people you need to be scared to get old because these facilities are run for profit , not for care, and the people who are paying are the people who build this province , open your eyes before it,s to late...

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June 20 at 11:24pm
Julie Ali Ms. Hoffman is well aware of the problems in the continuing care system because I have been writing about them for the past few years. The only thing constant in the folks we hire is apathy, indifference and self interest. Here is where I post my comments on the continuing care system: http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.com/
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