Defend Public Healthcare: Cuts drive crisis for unpaid women caregivers

Cascading health care cuts are resulting in significant problems for home care patients and their families, seriously undermining the main defense the government makes for its policy of hospital and long-term care cutbacks. With hospital cutbacks and a virtual freeze on long-term care beds, home care and unpaid caregivers must now take care of sicker and ...

Defend Public Healthcare: Cuts drive crisis for unpaid women caregivers

Cascading health care cuts are resulting in significant problems for home care patients and their families, seriously undermining the main defense the government makes for its policy of hospital and long-term care cutbacks. With hospital cutbacks and a virtual freeze on long-term care beds, home care and unpaid caregivers must now take care of sicker and ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Regrets and Triumphs in Mothering a Complex Son: A Video Conversation

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down for a chat with my friend and colleague in disability activism, Jennifer Johannesen.  Jennifer is a blogger and the author of “No Ordinary Boy: The Life and Death of Owen Turney”, a riveting memoir of life with her son Owen whose medical challenges sadly, eventually claimed his ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Power Politics: Professional Caregivers in the Family Home

Recently, I gave an interview with Nicole Scheidl, of Fit Minds, a program for enhanced communication between people with dementia and their caregivers.  My topic for this interview was the power relationships between paid caregivers and family caregivers in the home setting.  I blogged about this topic earlier this year in a post titled, “I’m ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Why are fewer hospital patients waiting for LTC?

Ontario hospitals report a significant decline in the number of patients in hospital beds who are waiting for a long term care bed.  From November 2009 to March 2013, the number of patients waiting for LTC was reduced by 1,282 patients, an astonishing decline of 41%. This sounds like a victory for better management, but ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: How to Advocate for Care: Part 1

Advocating for care is a complicated task.  The job of caregiving does not discriminate on the basis of family income, race, education or employment status.  Anyone, anytime can find themselves suddenly thrust into the position of giving care to a loved one.  And if the care needs are high, the caregiver will quickly become exhausted ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Homecare funding falls short – of even aging cost pressures?

The Ontario government likes to suggest that the planned annual 4% nominal increase in “home and community care” funding will offset their cuts to hospital services and squeeze on long term care beds. But it’s not totally clear that this funding will offset cost pressures on home and community care arising from the rapid growth ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Seniors recommendations head off in wrong direction

The government’s new senior’s “action plan” discussed in the last post follows on from Dr. Samir K. Sinha’s report  for the government “Living Longer Living Well”.  Sinha’s report is labelled only as “Highlights and Key Recommendations”.   A “full report will present considerably more detailed findings and recommendations that will enable the government to expand ...

Defending Public Healthcare: More privatization via Liberal "community care"

Health care privatization continues to come to Ontario via the Liberal government’s version of “community care.”  Most obviously this comes by moving services from public hospitals to poorly regulated and for-profit retirement  homes.   That has been a repeated theme in the Liberal government’s version of community care. Alex E. Proimos Another mainstay is moving ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Mississauga-Halton gets bigger homecare increase

Another home care funding announcement came out today, this time for Mississauga-Halton. Mississauga The news this time was a little better, with a 4.1% funding increase for home care via $5.12 million for the Mississauga-Halton Community Care Access Centre.   That is a bit better than the Hamilton-Niagara area, which received 3.25%, and the Ottawa ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Homecare funding finally announced (and it falls short)

The Minister of Health and LTC has finally (7  months into the year) gotten around to making an announcement about the increase to home care funding for this year, at least for the Hamilton Niagara Community Care Access Centre (CCACs fund home care providers). Aside from the long delay, the matter was kept in confusion ...

Defending Public Healthcare: Home care cuts AND hospital cuts

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is planning to cut 22 hospital beds to deal with the government’s funding squeeze.  The bed cuts are supposed to reduce the hospital’s deficit.   The Ontario government has endlessly claimed that improved home care services will offset hospital cuts. “Rebalance” is the Health Minister’s word of choice. Despite this claim, ...