Alberta Health is conducting a review that focuses on supportive living and long-term care in Alberta. The goal of this initiative is to improve “the lives of continuing care residents and their families, resident care outcomes, the satisfaction and quality of work environment of staff, and the cost effectiveness of facility-based continuing care service delivery.” Included as part of the review are the thoughts and input of Albertans regarding the future of facility-based continuing care in the province. Click here to share your ideas about this important issue.
WEBINAR: Keeping Seniors Safe— Patients for Patient Safety Canada (@patients4safety) May 6, 2020
Join us for this patient-led webinar to identify safety risks together & explore practical solutions for seniors. The ideas are drawn from real life experiences noting how #COVID19 impacted seniors.
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What are you doing on Tuesday, May 28th at 11am MT? If you have an interest in long-term care and hearing the experiences of residents and family members, this is something that may be on interest to you. Details about the webinar can be found here.
Seniors are often seen as individuals who are slowing down physically and mentally and cognitively. However, as a bank manager recently discovered, assumptions can be misguided, inaccurate and downright wrong. Below is a portion of the letter that an 86-year old woman wrote the bank manager after a cheque she had written bounced.
“Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, 3 nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it..
I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only 8 years.
You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.
My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become….”
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When an on-duty paramedic walks into a building, it is typically to provide medical care and services to someone. However, when the paramedic is Adam Loria and the facility is the Whitehorn Village, something else may be occurring.
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Do you live or work in the province of Alberta and are you:
- an older adult (65 years of age and over),
- a caregiver of an older adult (spouse; family member; friend; neighbour), or
- a clinician or health/social care provider (doctor; nurse; care aides; allied health provider; pharmacist; social worker) working with older adults?
If so, the Scientific Office of Alberta’s Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network invites you to complete the following survey. By responding to the survey, you will be helping to determine the direction/priorities for future research and initiatives in the area of seniors’ health.
There are some events that leave a person speechless. This is one of them.
For many individuals, their goal is quality of life rather than medically extended longevity. This is especially true for frail seniors. Unfortunately, there can be a disconnect between what the senior desires, the actions taken and ultimately the healthcare provided. As a means of addressing this disconnect, a new study is being conducted in Canada that aims to evaluate ways to improve care planning conversations. As Dr. John You, project lead for the project states, “Advance care planning can have a significant impact on the patient experience and the family experience….They deserve to have their voices heard.” Click here to read more about this study.
Oft times, patients and families are hesitant to express their complaints and concerns relating to a particular care facility. The source of this hesitation can be from a deep sense of fear – the fear of retaliation. While in most cases no negative repercussions result when a complaint or concern is raised, such is not the case in a long-term care facility in Ontario, Canada.
According to a retired hospital nurse and daughter of a resident at the care facility, she is no longer able to stay in her mother’s room while her mother is being cared for by the staff. The reason for this restriction is because of the complaints the daughter made about the substandard care and dangerous hygiene practices she witnessed. “You complain and this is the price you pay.” What does this say about the facility’s view of family presence?
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