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I was preparing my blog for this week which was to be on bed blocking. I had found it interesting that while on vacation, the headline in London’s Daily Telegraph (Feb 24, 2011) was “Bed-blocking crisis in NHS as cuts hit care homes”. This was an all too familiar headline – the subject of which was written about in the ‘Healthy Debate” website , titled “Gridlock in Ontario’s Hospitals”. My dealings with this subject matter were as recent as having received, only the day before, a referral from a busy hospital social worker asking for assistance on behalf of an elderly couple who were both ready to be discharged. They had been admitted for different reasons and one needed a long term care bed and the other needed a period of convalescence. They could not go home and there were no other facility beds available. As described in The Healthy Debate : “One of the biggest causes of gridlock is the inability to discharge patients who no longer need hospital care – patients who cannot go home because there are insufficient supports at home, or are waiting for a bed in a rehabilitation hospital, nursing home or other assisted living facility. These patients are described as needing alternate level of care (ALC).”
However the writing of the blog was interrupted. This weekend I learnt of 2 deaths and will be leaving tomorrow for two funerals-both in Montreal. Both of these fine people had died in good hospitals. One had been there for less than a week and the other, very sadly, had been there for months. Life is interrupted by death. So in this blog, I pause to remember. The long history I shared with this family and their mom, my friend, who influenced me more than I realized- including my chosen field of social work.
I am reticent to consider that these two wonderful people, parents of two close friends, could be thought as having been included in that aforementioned category.
-Audrey Miller

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 30 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email: