Category Archives: Disability
Hallway Medicine- Who is chosen?
“I invite the premier, health minster, and the people directly responsible for this decision to come for a sleepover in the hallway of one of our hospitals for a few days. Once you have experienced the indignity of eating, sleeping, and toileting in a thin gown in front of a ward full of people, visitors, doctors, custodial staff and other allied health-care workers, I might be willing to accept that this policy was made in an informed way.”
The above is from a powerful opinion piece written by Manpreet (Mona) Gill. Click here to read the full article.
Just Learn to Live With COVID?
As greater emphasis is being placed on “getting on with life” or at the very least “learning to live with COVID-19” people who are immunocompromised, disabled or have medical issues that put them or those they care for at risk are being isolated, alienated, ostracized and ignored by much of society. In an article entitled, “Those who are Disabled and Immunocompromised need to be supported, not ignored,” Eva Williams describes this new reality. According to her, “The way that vulnerable people are currently being treated is nothing short of barbaric.” Click here to read Williams’ article.
Feeling Left Behind?
Every so often there is a Twitter thread that is a definite must read. This thread by Katie Babcock is one of them. In addition to the thread, you might want to read the comments by fellow Twitter users as well.
A common theme in media is that vulnerable people “feel” left behind by the lack of COVID protections. We don’t feel left behind – we have been left behind and what being “left behind” means is that we’re either forced to isolate or forced into situations that could kill us. 🧵— Katie Babcock (@katebabcock) July 13, 2022
Profits Over People?
Another example of profits over people. How many individuals, especially seniors and/or people with disabilities, are being taken advantage of by businesses etc.?
“‘Being that I am a diabetic and I struggle with mental illness and I’m legally blind and I’m legally deaf I thought this might be a way that I could try and save money. ‘”
Click here to read the full story.
What’s Important to Seniors’ Health in Alberta?
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.
Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
Recently, Sandra Jansen, MLA from Calgary North West, proposed a private member’s bill. This bill, if passed, would see the creation of an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities. The Advocate would report to and advise the Minister of Community and Social Services and be mandated to:
- identify and study issues of concern to persons with disabilities;
- review programs and policies affecting persons with disabilities;
- participate in processes in which decisions are made about persons with disabilities;
- promote the rights, interests and well-being of person with disabilities through public education;
- provide information and advice to the Government with respect to any matter relating to the rights, interests and well-being of person with disabilities; and
- assist individuals who are having difficulty accessing services for persons with disabilities and related programs, including directing them to an appropriate resource, person or organization that may be able to assist them.”
Click here to read more about the proposed bill and provide your response.
***Thanks to Sandi, a member of the Pts4Chg community, for bringing this to our attention.***
Have Your Say
A member of the Patients 4 Change (Pts4Chg) community drew our attention to this important survey by posting the following. Thanks, Mike.
“This survey is being complied by Employment and Social Development regarding employment and people with unpredictable episodic conditions.
Click here or on the image above to go directly to the survey.
Please participate if you feel you qualify.”