Toronto In-Home Care Blog

In the News - Bedsores and Nursing Home Negligence

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 20, 2015


This past week, the Toronto Star reported a front page story alleging that a Mississauga nursing home had failed to meet the basic health requirements of a senior resident.  In this particular case, the Star reported that Fariza Trinos, a 30-year-old Toronto resident was appalled to find that her grandmother was suffering from severe untreated bedsores at the Erin Mills Lodge nursing home.  The nursing home was not providing the proper care for the bedsores and they were actively trying to hide them when people would go to visit her.  This is not an acceptable practice for any type of elderly care and steps must be taken to prevent this type of negligence.

Nursing homes should be safe places for seniors

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthcare system

Family Doctors Want to See a National Home Care Strategy

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Mar 17, 2015

doctorwithstethoscopeHome care is important to Canadians. About 80% believe it is an expression of Canadian values. It is also usually less expensive than hospitalization or care in a long term care facility. Yet the Federal government has no national home care policy. A number of organizations are calling for a strategy to meet the home care needs of all Canadians. Two reports released last fall illustrate a growing discontent with the situation as it stands.

In September 2014 the Statistics Canada released a report titled Canadians with Unmet Home Care Needs underscoring the growing disparity between the needs of Canadians for home care and the resources available for home care. If you live in Ontario or have read a newpaper in the last six months, this is not exactly news.

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Topics: Healthcare system

Is Healthcare in Ontario Really "Universal?"

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Feb 7, 2015

healthcare_emergencyHealthcare in Ontario has been in the news quite a bit lately. Some of the news makes us question whether it is still truly "universal." The Ministry of Health touts a utopian slogan of "the right care, at the right place, at the right time," but seems unable to deliver on this promise at any level.

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Navigating the Auto Injury Claims Process

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Medical evacuation after car accident Kawartha Lakes OntarioThe claims process for an auto accident can be confusing. You’re upset about it to begin with, but if you are injured, it adds a whole new level of complexity. Knowing what you need to do and what you can expect can relieve some of the emotional and mental strain.

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Topics: Healthcare system

What You Need to Know about Auto Accident Injury Coverage in Ontario

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Head_On_CollisionIf you are injured in an auto accident in Ontario, your auto insurance is what will pay for your medical care and rehabilitation, not your health insurance. Depending on the type of injury, you may need medical care for a long time after the accident. It is helpful to know what kinds of expenses your auto insurance policy will pay for.

All motorists in Ontario are required to purchase auto insurance. Fines for not having it range from $5,000 to $50,000, plus you could have your licence suspended and/or your vehicle impounded. If you are convicted, any insurance company you approach may charge you higher premiums or refuse to sell you insurance at all.

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Topics: Healthcare system

Ontario Needs a Coordinated End-of-Life Care Policy

Posted by Jeff Durish

Thu, Jan 8, 2015

hospital_in_bedHealth Quality Ontario recently published a report that says Canada ranks 5th out of 40 countries on a quality-of-death index. That’s the good news; the bad news is that the Canadian health care system lacks a national strategy for end-of-life (EoL) care and depends on hospitals to provide most of that care.

If you ask Canadians where and how they would prefer to die, most will tell you they want to die at home surrounded by their loved ones, being given care to make them comfortable, rather than trying to prolong life. Yet almost 70% (almost 60% in Ontario) die in the hospital, more than half of those in intensive care units, where the cost, both economic and personal, is staggering.

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A Proposal to Improve Canada's Healthcare System

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Dec 23, 2014

CanadianAmbulanceColin Goodfellow, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kemptville District Hospital south of Ottawa, recently published a whitepaper in the Healthcare management Forum titled, “The Dramatic Dehospitalization of Health Services is a Prerequisite for a Sustainable and Effective Health System.” While the article itself is available only by subscription, Dr. Goodfellow has posted a video outlining the main points of his vision.

 

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Report Shows Understaffing in Long Term Care and How to Fix It

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

iStock_000012491557LargeA new report, "Long-term Care in Ontario: Fostering Systemic Neglect," shows that understaffing contributes to a host of problems for residents of Ontario's long term care (LTC) homes. A group of 42 personal support workers (PSWs) and registered practical nurses (RPNs) from LTC homes in Guelph, Blind River, Ottawa, Minden, and Toronto participated in this focus group study presented by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

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Ontario Home Care Facts

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Dec 6, 2014

Ontario_Legislative_BuildingLack of Health Services Reach a Critical Level

Amid calls in the news for massive health care reform, I’ve read dozens of articles published in the last few days that describe funding cuts, huge deficits at CCACs, individuals being denied home-based care they desperately need, and popular and necessary units being closed at hospitals all around Ontario.

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Advancing Home and Community Care in Ontario

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Board_of_directorsThe Home and Community Care Expert Group is an advisory group whose job is to “provide the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care with specific, practical recommendations to improve home and community care. In October 2014 they published a whitepaper titled “Advancing Home and Community Care in Ontario,.” which addressed where home care has been successful and where it has failed. (Quotations in the following paragraphs are from this document.)

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Topics: Healthcare system