The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Canada-NL Health Deal: Warning Signs #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Late Friday evening, the provincial government announced it had signed a deal with the federal government on health funding. We don’t know what the arrangement is on the annual increase in funds but if it looks like what New Brunswick bought into,  Newfoundland and Labrador won;t see anything significant.  Once we’ve got more details, we’ll ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Terry Pedwell reports that young workers who were apparently expected to provide Justin Trudeau with a public relations backdrop instead delivered an important dose of reality by protesting his appearance. And Angella MacEwen points out that contrary to the Libs’ spin, there’s in fact plenty a government can ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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 equally to other jurisdictions which are seen as climate laggards: Our emissions do not simply ...

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 for what healthcare professionals term ‘activities of daily living or ADLs’. ...

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 for what healthcare professionals term ‘activities of daily living or ADLs’. ...

OPSEU Diablogue: “Care as a relationship” is key to good long-term care: research

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 Canada, Germany, … Continue reading →

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Sick of Caregiving?

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 “How I learned to balance my job with caring for my ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Fight Between PSWs, Clients and Agency Service Providers Spells Trouble For All

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 ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – In a theme all too familiar based on Brad Wall’s use of millions of public dollars to pay for access to U.S. lawmakers, Simon Enoch discusses the connections between Wall and ALEC: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is both a member and State corporate co-chair the American Legislative Exchange ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Home Care: Giving and taking away

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Tory health platform review: Direct promise to scrap LHINs, CCACs missing

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 →

Politics and its Discontents: Domestic Abuse?

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 a ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can Paid Caregivers Also Be Friends?

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 agencies: emotional investment ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Home care – it’s critical we get it right this time

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Home care reform: how wrong are these incentives?

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Will $260 million help restore home care clinical services? Maybe

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Proposed amendment tightens cap on home support services

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: What took so long for community funding to arrive?

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 that transition is not … Continue reading →

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Five Tips for Surviving Caregiving

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 software platform enabling a single, secure conversation about support for a vulnerable ...

OPSEU Diablogue: CCACs could play expanded role as direct home care providers

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Is competitive bidding in home care done? Let’s hope so.

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 →

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Saying "I’m Fine" When I’m Not

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 ~ ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Stories we couldn’t let pass by this week

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 →