OK Boomers – You’re Next!
The statistics are there – there are more Canadians over age 65 than under age 15. The pandemic has provided horrific images of isolation and neglect that’s made every Baby Boomer vow, ‘that will never be me’. So how can Boomers be sure? Take charge of yourself, your health, your financial affairs, even your relationships,…Read More
Should We Even Go to Emergency?
I hear so many horror stories about long waits in Emergency rooms. Is there any point in even taking my elderly parents there? How can I be sure they are seen quickly? It’s important to understand how Emergency departments are run, the alternatives, and some tips for preventing a health crisis. Here are some guidelines:…Read More
Should I bring Dad Home from Long-term Care?
On TV, in the news, on Facebook and Twitter – those poignant scenes of families blowing kisses through windows, glimpses of a frail silhouette, horror stories of multiple illness and death in long-term care homes all over the country. Politicians, and even doctors, boldly stated, ‘if you have family in long-term care, get them…Read More
Supporting Personal Support Workers (PSWs)
The COVID-19 pandemic has us banging pots every night to honour the front-line workers. But who exactly are these heroes? Many of them are Personal Support Workers (PSWs). What exactly is a PSW? Personal Support Workers are trained in caregiving protocols and techniques. Their training may range from months in private training academies or years…Read More
How can I be sure my Mom’s nursing home is safe?
You are right to get all the information you can to make the best decision. First, find out what to avoid: Book a tour and consult a checklist such as https://torontonursinghomes.com/nursing-homes/toronto.html They advise using your senses and intuition – how does the place, look, smell, sound and generally feel. Check government reports – your…Read More
No Easy Fix for Long-Term Care
Long-term care homes across the globe have suffered unduly from COVID-19; residents in Canada’s system seem to be suffering more than others with 80% of COVID-19 deaths being among seniors. Experts call it ‘benign neglect’ and admit “Nobody set out to plan a system that will hurt older adults.” While policy-makers and politicians have vowed…Read More