<![CDATA[Personal Support Network of Ontario - News]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:06:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Apartments offer 'peace of mind']]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:34:15 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/apartments-offer-peace-of-mindPARIS -- A new $3-million apartment complex in Paris will give its deaf-blind residents a measure of independence many have never experienced.
With a beaming smile, Julia Seed, who is profoundly deaf and has little vision, ran her hands along the kitchen cupboards and bathroom tiles in her bright new apartment this week, taking in the location and texture of each fixture. It was the first time she'd been inside her new home, which is just getting some finishing touches before her March move-in date.  Read more...
<![CDATA[Looking for feedback on provincial health ministry's Patients First proposal]]>Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:33:23 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/looking-for-feedback-on-provincial-health-ministrys-patients-first-proposalThe Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is looking for feedback on the provincial Health Ministry's recent Patients First proposal.
The document, subtitled A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, proposes structural changes that would see LHINs become responsible for home care and community care, and become more involved in primary care.  Read more...
<![CDATA[Seniors suffer as Ontario nursing home investment falls short, association says]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:10:56 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/seniors-suffer-as-ontario-nursing-home-investment-falls-short-association-saysRobert, 74, suffers from bipolar disorder and early onset dementia, and can get violent with his roommates in a four-bed room at a long-term care home.
Martha, 92, has acute lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, and needs 24-hour nursing support in long-term care. But because there aren’t enough specialized long-term care beds in her small town, she is stuck in hospital.  Read more...
<![CDATA[QHC unit’s efficiency also a risk]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:25:59 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/qhc-units-efficiency-also-a-riskBELLEVILLE - Quinte Health Care’s new behavioural unit is being hailed as a success – but that success could also hurt the corporation’s bottom line.
Staff on Tuesday issued a press release reporting a need for more referrals for the regional behavioural support transition unit at Belleville General Hospital. It’s for people with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and other behavioural conditions. Read more...]]>
<![CDATA[Dementia on the rise in Halton]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:21:26 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/dementia-on-the-rise-in-haltonThe No. 1 risk factor for dementia is age; the older you are, the higher your risk of developing this progressive brain disorder.
Dementia is not a specific disease but an umbrella term for symptoms of memory loss and impaired judgment; the most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s.  Read more...
<![CDATA[What do you think of Ontario's health care? Your chance to tell them.]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:20:03 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/what-do-you-think-of-ontarios-health-care-your-chance-to-tell-themIn December the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines proposed changes for the Ontario health care system.
The proposal has four main ways to strengthen the health care system with a focus on better patient care: 
  1. more integration of services and greater equity;
  2. better access to, and integration of, primary care;
  3. more consistent and accessible home and community care; and
  4. stronger links to population and public health.
The North East LHIN is now inviting you to provide input on the proposed changes through the following ways between now and Friday February 26.  Read more...
<![CDATA[Modernize confusing laws to protect the elderly: Goar]]>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:07:24 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/modernize-confusing-laws-to-protect-the-elderly-goarElder abuse is remarkably easy to hide in Canada.
Friends, neighbours and caregivers have no way of finding out whether a vulnerable senior is being hurt, humiliated or fleeced by greedy relatives. Nursing home workers dare not violate the privacy of their clients. The laws protecting people incapable of taking care of themselves or managing their finances — the Substitute Decisions Act and the Health Care Consent Act — are riddled with loopholes. No one monitors the competence or probity of those handling the affairs of people with dementia or other mental impairments. Most families don’t want to talk — or think about — elder abuse.  Read more...
<![CDATA[The Ontario PSW Registry is closing]]>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:53:20 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/the-ontario-psw-registry-is-closingFor more information and FAQ's please visit the Ontario PSW Registry's website, here.]]><![CDATA[January is Alzheimer Awareness Month]]>Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:45:10 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/january-is-alzheimer-awareness-monthSam Patterson is living with Alzheimer's Disease.
It has been a slow progressing disease for the 79-year-old Tillsonburg man, married for the past 58 years to his wife Margaret.
"Sam, for the most part, he can see a funny side," said Margaret from their Hickory Hills home while Sam was out for coffee. "He has bad days too. I have this friend, June, who will call. She says, 'It's June calling.' And he will say, 'It's not July?' And she'll say, 'No, and it's not May either.'
"He picks up on little things, and every once in a while it makes you see that he does have a sensitive side in there, and I wish people would treat people with Alzheimer's on the same level as they always have. Because even though they sometimes can't express themselves, inside they're the same. And they want the understanding and the interaction that they were used to."
It helps living in a neighbourhood for seniors, she said, where they moved before Sam was diagnosed in April 2012.  Read more...]]>
<![CDATA[Muskokans' input needed on health system discussion paper]]>Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:07 GMThttp://www.psno.ca/news/muskokans-input-needed-on-health-system-discussion-paperMUSKOKA – The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines significant structural changes to the health system, in December. Read more...]]>