THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Time to Change The Way We View Exercise For Frail and Critically Ill

I’m posting this guest post from because my Mom has had so much difficult regaining her strength after 3 hospitalisations in the past 4 months. Next time my Mom is in a hospital bed, I’m going to ask for in-bed cycling! It’s time to change the way we view exercise for frail and critically ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor Goes For A Swim (and a Dive and a Slide) and Shows Terrific Progress In His Rhabdomyolysis Recovery

Conor home after a great swim adventure; making terrific progress on his recovery Conor’s autism and profound developmental delay were supplemented by two grand mal seizures between November 2012 and April 2013.  The second seizure occurred two days after he began treatment with the anti seizure medication Lamotrogine.  During the second week of treatment when ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Physiotherapy With CBC’s Terry Seguin

Conor is still recovering from Rhabdomyolysis, an adverse reaction to anti-seizure medication, Lamotrogine and needs phsyiotherapy to rebuild his damaged muscles, balance and co-ordination.  Just being home is a huge help for Conor, back home with Mom, Dad, his brother and his familiar routines.  One of those routines has been to get out of bed every ...

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: A tangible response to physiotherapy cuts – the province finally adds community capacity

After significantly cutting outpatient physiotherapy at hospitals across Ontario, the government is finally putting something back. The Ministry of Health says it is making a major investment in community-based physiotherapy, exercise classes and falls prevention services that will benefit up … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Numbers don’t lie: Cuts to hospital allied health professionals not showing up in community visits

Over the last number of weeks we have been debunking the myth that hospital cuts somehow represent service transfers to the community. The data for 2012/13 is not yet available, but if we look at the volume of home care … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario hospitals: Only Mexico to pass to reach the fewest beds per capita

Here’s a given – as Ontario hospitals start to shed services and staff in the next three years, the government is inevitably going to proclaim the benefits of serving patients in the community. The Canadian Institute for Health Information recently … Continue reading →