Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Andrew Leach’s after-the-fact addendum to his review of Alberta’s climate change policy offers an important reminder as to the costs of inaction on climate change – and the message is one which applies equall… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Let me tell you a story. I have a friend who has a graduate degree, who loves her privacy but also dinner with friends and who loves to read as much as she loves going to the theatre. My friend is a wheelchair user. She needs help… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THE PROBLEM WITH HOME CARE
Let me tell you a story. I have a friend who has a graduate degree, who loves her privacy but also dinner with friends and who loves to read as much as she loves going to the theatre. My friend is a wheelchair user. She needs help… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THE PROBLEM WITH HOME CARE
What are long-term care residences around the world doing right? That’s the question an international research team travelled across North America and Europe to find out. Led by Pat Armstrong and Donna Baines, researchers visited nursing homes in C… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: “Care as a relationship” is key to good long-term care: research
I was surprised to see this question as the title of an email I received this morning. “Sick of Caregiving?” isn’t the sort of thing I usually receive. My inbox is normally filled with things like “Latest stats on why caregivers live longer” or “… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Sick of Caregiving?
Over the years, our family has relied on the help, friendship and dedication of personal support workers, both for our son Nicholas and more recently for my mother who needs assistance due to her age. These support workers worked part-time for low wages. More often than not, they were women who were immigrants with skillsets . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Fight Between PSWs, Clients and Agency Service Providers Spells Trouble For All
The government gives, the home care agencies take away. Many of OPSEU’s home care agencies are presently at the bargaining table. You’d think this would be the best of times for the professional and support staff that conducts the often … Continue reading →
Curiously after months of saying they’ll do away with both the Local Health Integration Networks and the Community Care Access Centres, both direct promises are conspicuously absent from the formal Tory election platform. That doesn’t mean they will stay in … Continue reading →
Anyone who has experience with the elderly, be they grandparents, parents, or extended family members, knows that their medical needs are often complex, and their isolation profound. As we age, there is no assurance that despite our best efforts to keep healthy and vigorous, we will not find ourselves in the position of needing . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Domestic Abuse?
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus
Professional caregivers are trained to avoid personal relationships with their clients. There are lots of good reasons why this policy is standard in health care . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can Paid Caregivers Also Be Friends?
Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres could have been very different had events unfolded differently in the early 1990s. At the beginning of that decade home care was considered to have more of a leg in social services than health care. … Continue reading →
We probably wouldn’t have believed it had we not received the documents outlining the new plan for specialized home care funding. It’s staggering in its ability to further complicate administration of home care and create so-called “efficiencies” for which the … Continue reading →
For home care this is significant. With their feet held to the fire by the NDP, the Wynne government announced last week they were going to invest $260 million in additional funding for home and community care services this year. … Continue reading →
The government repeatedly likes to talk about reforming the health system to be more patient-centered, yet often it appears to be headed in the opposite direction. The latest head scratcher is a new amendment to regulation 386/99 of the Home … Continue reading →
Community health care received the biggest percentage increase from this spring’s provincial budget, signalling the government’s intention to transition more of the health system into home care and other community supports. At four per cent clearly… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: What took so long for community funding to arrive?
A few weeks ago, I travelled to Vancouver to address a family association and also to give a talk about how we use Tyze Personal Networks to coordinate Nick’s care. I’ve written extensively on Tyze before, but for the uninitiated, Tyze is a softw… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Five Tips for Surviving Caregiving
Doris Grinspun, the executive director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been a tireless defender of public not-for-profit health care. We’ve seen her speak truth to power at numerous conferences and public events. When she advocates on … Continue reading →
September 10 Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, tweeted that Health Minister Deb Matthews had just announced to a nursing meeting that the moratorium on competitive bidding in home care would be made permanent. No … Continue reading →
Yesterday I was chatting with an online friend – a mother who is lightyears ahead of me in wisdom and experience. We were talking about coping with the stress of raising a child who is very medically complex. My friend wrote “I’ve always felt like two people. The woman I present to the world ~ . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Saying "I’m Fine" When I’m Not
CCACs hire 144 direct care nurses This month the government announced 900 new nursing positions to come from their 2007 commitment to 9,000 new nurses for the health system. Among them are 144 nurses who will go into the schools … Continue reading →