Thursday, July 6, 2017

Alberta's NDP June 16 at 3:56pm · Seniors have spent their lives taking care of us. Now its our turn to take care of them.---------------Eleanor Poirier We seniors are in for a long journey - let's hope some of it goes well.----

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Seniors have spent their lives taking care of us. Now its our turn to take care of them.
Seniors deserve dignity. That's why Alberta's NDP is investing in community health care.
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Julie Ali This is rich. The NDP folks who ignore the plight of seniors in the continuing care system are advising us of the great support they give to families who have no options but take care of their families at home? The amount of spin we have to read is astonishing and what is worse we have to put up with it until we vote y'all out.
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June 20 at 11:14pm
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Julie Ali Seniors deserve dignity but they sure aren't getting it. What they are getting is more of the same spin and no action we had with the PCs. It's troubling but there you go. Best to counter the spin with the facts. What is the NDP government doing for seniors? Why is money given for home care and yet folks don't seem to get much home care? Where is the access to self managed care? Why are staff:resident ratios so poor? Why do families have to do the work of caring for their own in some facilities? Who is in charge of what appears to be non-existent oversight? Why are stay at home mummies, families and nursing students doing the work of Alberta Health, AHS and Covenant Health management and auditing teams? Who is in charge of the messes that are reported to us in the media such as the Tucker family banning case that apparently was not resolved by Sarah Hoffman's directive to AHS to create a banning policy / procedure? When will Sarah Hoffman request an amendment to the Trespass to Premises legislation to provide a route to justice for banned families? Why did government create this legislation without an independent appeal process when every other piece of legislation has the ability to go to court and fight for human rights? When will Sarah Hoffman enshrine visitation rights for patients and residents? For that matter when will Sarah Hoffman begin the process of enshrining all resident and patient rights so we aren't at the mercy of the powerful health ministry, health authorities and the continuing care industry? When will we get what we voted for --which is change in the power dynamic, change in the GOA culture and change in the deMockracy that is present? When? I guess when we demand it.
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Marguerite Redshaw Wonder WHO signed Up
Edward Redshaw for this ???
He said he did not put his name up there !!! Interesting ???
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June 18 at 4:24pm
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Julie Ali Very interesting and very spinny.
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Marguerite Redshaw They ??? Do this with other stuff also ... Not Right !!!
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Leah McRorie Right but not by institutionalizing people. Segregation leads to poor health & early death. 
#dignity
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Julie Ali Some complex care cases will require institution care Leah. It's not all one way or the other. There has to be a compromise. You can provide quality institution care where folks have some chance of decent living rather than leave them to crappy services out of the institution. For some families, they have been told they can't get respite. The GOA is using siblings to look after disabled family members. This is unfair to parents and siblings. Government needs to provide respite and supports in the family setting; families with disabled citizens should not suffer stress, hardship and poor quality of life just because government refuses to provide appropriate accommodation in supportive living settings or in places like Michener Centre. Some folks need places like the Michener Centre.
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Leah McRorie No one needs Michener ūüė≥ No one. That's a horrible myth. Replace disability with Indigenous ppl, Black folks, is it still ok? Of course not. Institutionalizing anyone is stripping innocent pwd of their human rights. It's shameful.
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Leah McRorie Any support pwd can get in Michener folks do and can get in community. Michener is a sin & I'll be there when they burn that disgusting place full of abuse & eugenics to the ground.
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Julie Ali Leah McRorie If not Michener than a complex care facility to handle the most disabled citizens. Or would you prefer that doctors keep putting "Do not resuscitate" orders on folks they can't help as they did for my sister? Until she got an integrated care plan that met her needs she was suffering. What do you think happens to complex care citizens who don't have strong advocates like you? They get DNR orders.
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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 !
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June 27 at 6:55pm
Pat Dumont Seniors need help before they get to nursing homes/senior lodges as well.
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June 29 at 12:41pm
KE Van So very true -- senior home need more workers who want to be there. The conservative government sent me a questionnaire after my mom passed and that was my mom's and my biggest complaint. Not enough workers. My mom had to be moved by two workers from bed to the wheelchair and back as needed. She would hold bowell movements so she wouldn't bother them and had a catheter so she would sit in wet diapers. She would end up constipated and then they would treat her with laxative.
KE Van just to end up getting a bladder infection because of the catheter getting dirty. Round and round, to the hospital back to the home. And yet when I told this story in the questionnaire, I received a letter saying that more than enough workers. They must have visited a different old folks home that I did!
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July 1 at 6:20pm
Maureen Reid KE Van heart breaking.
Marie Frances McLeod Peggy Beres I am so sorry. Hopefully this money will help.
Alexandria Kennedy KE Van I see that often or people are put on the toilet but they end up having to sit there for an hour or more. Some of them always smell of urine because they haven't been able to change them yet. I'd suggest that if you have a loved one in a home and if it's possible have someone go and check on them even if it's a just few minutes as often as possible at different times of the day. I think generally the staff want to do a good job but they don't have enough time and people to do so. They also need volunteers like myself. If you can do just one hour a week you don't know how much of a difference it can make on the whole or for just one person who has no one.
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July 4 at 7:07pm
Eleanor Poirier We seniors are in for a long journey - let's hope some of it goes well.

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