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Have you had your ‘Check Up From the Neck Up*’?

The events over the last few weeks highlight how fragile life is. Anyone of us could have been walking on that sidewalk on that fateful day; we just never know what life has in store for us. This blog isn’t about being prepared, which is a concept I endorse but…

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LTCHA Fails to Meet its Mandate for Seniors with Dementia and Responsive Behaviours

All long-term care homes in Ontario are governed by one piece of legislation: the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) designed to help ensure that residents of long-term care homes receive safe, consistent, high-quality resident-centred care. The Ontario Regulation 79/10 (Regulation) is made under the LTCHA and provides additional requirements….

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Could There Have Been A Different Outcome?

Case Example 1:   John,  was a 93 year old, well -to -do gentleman, never married  and had no known family.   He lived in his own home in a nice part of the city.  His next door neighbor had kept an eye out and assisted him over the years by shoveling…

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Spring Holidays and Family Get Togethers

This weekend we celebrated  the first nights of Passover and Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Two major holidays that coincided, along with a statutory holiday enjoyed. For me and perhaps for many of you, these holy days have a traditional familial connection rather than a religious one. The foods eaten,…

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Assisting Detection of Hospital Acquired Delirium by Informal Caregivers – The Sour Seven

In the March 2018 edition of Reader’s Digest, I came across an article called “State of Confusion”[i] about hospital acquired delirium and the negative consequences that can arise from it. (The author’s original article can be found online.)[ii] The editor’s letter “Decoding Delirium”[iii] in the same issue recounts her mother’s…

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Hospital-Acquired Delirium

Delirium is one of the 3  big ‘D’s that we see  with our older clients.  The other ‘D’’s are dementia and depression but I suppose the biggest ‘D’  out there is death. I recently came across a Reader’s Digest article while waiting at a doctor’s office that had been reprinted…

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Do You Have a BFF?

As Carol King so aptly wrote in 1971 “when you are down and troubled and need a helping hand…( sing along here as I am sure you know the lyrics)…you’ve got a friend, …ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend”? Everybody needs a friend, regardless of age and…

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Supporting Caregivers, One Day At A Time

Last week I had the  pleasure of presenting to a group of caregivers from the Alzheimers Society Kingston Frontenac & Addington chapter.  One thing that everyone in the group had in common was that they were all loving someone who had a diagnosis of dementia.  Just to refresh terminology, “dementia…

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Crisis in Long Term Care: Thinking About Tomorrow

My last 3 blogs have highlighted some of the challenges we are currently facing in our Long Term Care sector.  The bottom line is this: there are not enough residential placement beds to address the current and growing demand for those individuals whose care needs can no longer be met…

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Crisis in Long Term Care Continued # 3

This blog will address some of the first hand experiences that my clients and I have had when interfacing with the Long Term Care sector. 1.  Younger adults. I worked with a 42 year old gentleman who lived with a degenerative motor disease. He could no longer live on his…

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