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OPSEU Diablogue: How much longer can Ontario dance around nursing home staffing needs?

Ontario has been remarkably resistant to the idea of staffing standards in long-term care. Staffing is a major determinant of quality in long-term care – something even the most casual observer should understand. Such standards are not uncommon in other … Continue reading →

Those Emergency Blues: Where does the Rot Start in Nursing Home Abuse?

This story has been bouncing around the Canadian media since last May. Camille Parent, the son of a nursing home resident, set up a hidden camera in his mother’s room for four days after she (the nursing home claimed) was assaulted by another patient. The results were appalling. Watch here:

The nursing home immediately fired the four staff members seen in the video; the contract of the director was not renewed. The police, however, have decided not to prosecute; the legal case for pressing assault charges, they said, is a lot narrower than what you or me would consider abusive.

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The Canadian Progressive: BC’s wheelchair fee for seniors in long-term care facilities not fair: Researcher

Janine Farrell, a seniors care researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explains why the recently announced $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in BC is not fair.

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The Canadian Progressive: No tolerance for resident abuse in long-term care homes, says CUPE

By: CUPE | Press Release: A hidden-camera video leaked to media and ensuing allegations of resident abuse at a Peterborough area long-term care home are “extremely disconcerting,” says the union representing front-line staff. It appears that the hidden-camera video clips leaked today to Peterborough media were taken without the knowledge of the nursing home administration, residents’ [...]

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OPSEU Diablogue: Grey and Bruce Counties pocket of available nursing home beds

The right care at the right place at the right time. It’s a reasonable goal for the health system, but frequently Ontarians are faced with difficult decisions because they can only access one or two of those three conditions. Recently we … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario’s nursing homes — 10 years of empty promises from Queen’s Park

Here we go again. This week news of another shocking nursing home death – this time in The Wexford, a Scarborough long term care residence. A second resident was also injured in the resident-on-resident attack. Health Minister Deb Matthews predictably told … Continue reading →

Alberta Diary: Renting seniors’ beds is a formula for failure – and it’s time for Alberta to stop doing it

Fresh air and yogurt might have helped these guys live to be 160, but if they’d lived in Alberta, instead of Russia, where could they afford to sleep? Below, seniors care in Calgary, back in the day, before oldsters all carried tennis racquets, rode bicycles and looked like fashion models, only with white hair.

Do you remember that promise by the Alberta government to build 3,000 seniors’ beds? It turns out they only planned to rent them!

The problem with renting beds from private companies, of course, is the same as with any form of privatized medicare: it ends up

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OPSEU Diablogue: Living Longer, Living Well: Muddled seniors strategy undermines universality of home care

There have been fewer than the usual suspects applauding the release of Living Longer, Living Well, Dr. Samir Sinha’s anticipated recommendations for a new seniors strategy for Ontario. In the early days of 2013, maybe nobody is yet paying attention. … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Proposal makes it easier for LTC workers to change jobs without new hire requirements

After tightening qualification rules around professions in long-term care, the Ministry of Health is now proposing to make it a little easier for existing nursing home workers to switch employers without having to meet the qualification standards for new hires … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The best of Diablogue in 2012

It’s time for us to take our seasonal break and wish the best of the season to all our readers and posters. Next year will be challenging for health care activists as hospitals continue to shed services to balance their … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Nursing home placement — Who has the greater crisis?

Yesterday we looked at the challenge of CCACs is managing scarcity amid too few available nursing home beds in the province. One of the ways of placing a client into the nursing home faster – albeit with a three-month median … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Managing scarcity in long term care

Managing scarcity can be very time consuming. Ontario has been wrestling with rules around managing the shortage of long-term care beds, trying to find ways to meet sometimes contradictory objectives of freeing up hospital beds, reuniting spouses, accommodating veterans, prioritizing … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Auditor’s Report — Warning flags about diagnostic self referrals

Today’s release by the Ontario Health Coalition regarding the 2012 report by the Auditor General of Ontario: Toronto – The Ontario Auditor General’s report released today raises warning flags about inadequate access to care and the perils of for-profit privatization. The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Edgewater Gardens: LTC Staffing cuts should be a red flag for Ministry, LHIN

We all remember former Health Minister George Smitherman tearfully promising a revolution in long-term care. That revolution never really happened. Now we’re beginning to wonder if what modest gains were made during the Smitherman years are now beg… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Edgewater Gardens: LTC Staffing cuts should be a red flag for Ministry, LHIN

OPSEU Diablogue: Fun with funding – for profit “envelope” gets biggest share of increase

Provincial long-term care funding is delivered to Ontario’s nursing homes bundled in what the Ministry likes to call “envelopes.” These figures are allocated for each resident under care. There is an envelope for nursing and personal care, another for program … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Are “high hazard” nursing homes “efficient?”

In BC they have a ratings system for residential care homes, or what we would refer to as “long-term care” homes in Ontario. The ratings look at complaints and critical incidents and determine whether a home is low, medium or … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario has fewer nursing home inspectors than U.S. States

Ontario fares poorly compared to other jurisdictions when it comes to inspecting its 641 nursing homes. Last week we pointed out the impossibility of about 70 nursing home inspectors being able to investigate nearly 6,000 complaints and critical incidents as … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Zero tolerance for abuse and neglect? Hardly.

Health Minister Deb Matthews talks about zero tolerance of neglect and abuse in Ontario’s nursing homes. Her actions would suggest the opposite. Yesterday Matthews said that inspection of long-term care homes will be based on complaints only. If the home … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Frail and elderly asked to pay more in Ontario

Frail and elderly residents in Ontario’s nursing homes may be paying in more ways than one for the province’s budget shortfall. While Health Minister Deb Matthews is holding the line on increases to long-term care funding to 2.8 per cent … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Vulnerable seniors: Nursing homes could wait five years for a full inspection

It could take more than five years before all of Ontario’s nursing homes receive a full inspection by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Further, the complaints hotline overwhelmed inspection teams with 2,719 complaints last year, leaving many … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Fixing long term care not one of health minister’s choices either

It only took a day to dash hopes that Ontario was finally going to take significant measures to improve long-term care. The Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety made 18 recommendations Wednesday to improve care and … Continue reading →