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Controversies in Substitute Decision-Making Concerning Shelter for Alternate Level of Care Patients

Recently, an elderly patient suffering from moderate-to-advanced stage dementia, with behavioural complications, was hospitalized on a psychiatric admission. The patient, who was declared incapable to consent to treatment, was initially held involuntarily under the Mental Health Act, RSO 1990, C M.7 (the “MHA”). The patient had appointed a cousin as…

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Insights into Resolving Care Disputes – POAs for Personal Care – Part 3

On June 20, 2024, I attended the annual Ontario Bar Association’s Elder Law Day, where several informative presentations noted the rise in personal care disputes. Speakers also explored approaches that lawyers might consider to manage these disputes. The presentations triggered me to write about common issues we see related to…

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Insights into Resolving Care Disputes for High-Net-Worth Families – Part 2

There are three truisms behind care disputes. Every caregiving situation is unique. Conflicts arise when making difficult care decisions. There is no one care solution or dispute resolution that suits all cases. To complicate matters further, the cost of care can easily escalate, and privatization of health care is expanding….

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Caregiver Awareness Month – A Perfect Storm is Brewing

May is National Caregiver Month in Canada and with the spotlight on caregiving, a perfect storm is brewing. Caregivers glue together our fragmented health care and social care services. They provide the majority of care as well. Did you know that more health care occurs in the home than elsewhere?…

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Hot Topics with Gentlemen in their 80s

Recently, I returned for my fourth annual presentation to a group of older gentlemen about planning for the last decade of life. With more than fifty in the audience each year, the participants are a good cross-section of men in their 80s. They are a lively, well-informed group of retired…

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Plan Well to Relocate an Older Person Across the Country – Part 2

Well before deciding to relocate an older person across the country, carefully consider the pros and cons. It can be far more disruptive, stressful, and costly than you might think. A well-thought-out plan created a year or more ahead of the move can decrease negative impacts and increase the chance…

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Beyond Alzheimer’s Awareness – What You Really Need to Know

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. Just how aware are we in Canada? And what do we really need to know to plan for a growing dementia population effectively? The Cambridge Dictionary defines awareness as “the knowledge that something exists or understanding of a situation or subject at the…

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2024 Learning Resolution: Longevity, Sibling Rivalry, and Wealth Management

For thousands of years, it has been a tradition for people in the Western world and some in the East to set New Year’s resolutions. Many see their resolutions as a refreshing start to the New Year – in with the new goals and out with the old. As we…

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Wish lists are for more than just the holiday season

This blog has been written by Mohena Singh [Associate] at Fasken LLP As we near the new year and reflect on another holiday season, many of us may have used this time to spend with family and friends or catch up on some much needed rest and recovery. This time…

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Mental Health is Health: 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline Goes Live

This past week, Canada took another step forward to address fundamental changes in access to services for mental health. The 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline went live to provide immediate contact and support services for those in a mental health crisis. Calling or texting 988 gives anyone free twenty-four access to…

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