Paramedic and Seniors on the Move

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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Restraints as a Last Resort

“There’s a new provincial policy soon to be released in Alberta, ‘Restraint as a Last Resort,’ that will limit use of restraints to the least restrictive, as a last resort. There is a belief that lap belts in chairs keeps people safe (they fasten from behind), but the experience of being restrained is distressing – and can actually lead to more injurious falls and increased antipsychotic use. In addition, the restrained person can’t get to the bathroom, and may experience skin breakdown, loss of muscle strength, loss of independence and delirium (an acute brain injury).” Verdeen Bueckert, Practice Lead with the Seniors Health Clinical Network

Click here to read how an orthopedic team in Alberta reduced the use of restraints by 84%!

As a Senior, Do You Want to Live Alone?

For many individuals, living alone is their preference.  However, while such a living arrangement can be easy to do when one is young, this may not be the case as one ages. As Jacki Andre points out in her recent article, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration if one wants to live alone as a senior. These include such things as undertaking home renovations and adaptations to accommodate mobility issues and establishing living arrangements that meet one’s desire to be independent but at the same time ensure personal safety and security. Just as Andre asks herself the following questions:  “What kind of options would allow me to live alone as a senior? What sort of things should I be thinking about now, to transition from middle-aged employee to retirement living to senior citizen?” we may wish to do the same.  Click here to read Andre’s article.

Call For Participants

Call for participants
If you are or know of someone who is:

  • Over the age of 65;
  • Live in Alberta;
  • Have an annual household income of less than $50,000;
  • Have a high risk of a cardiovascular event based on having ONE of the following:Previous heart attack or stroke, chronic kidney disease, heart failure OR Any TWO of the following:Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, current cigarette smoking (greater than half a pack a day)

this may be of interest to you.

Researchers at the University of Calgary are looking for 5000 low-income seniors to participate in a study that will focus on managing chronic disease. To find out more and how you can get involved, click here.