Ontario is investing nearly $222 million over the next three years to ensure Indigenous people have access to more culturally appropriate care and improved outcomes, focusing on the North where there are significant gaps in health services. This investment will be followed by sustained funding of $104.5 million annually to address health inequities and improve access to culturally appropriate health services over the long term. Read more...
Brampton Civic Hospital personal support worker Carolynne Haynes has been awarded Personal Support Worker of the Year by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU). A ceremony to present Carolynne with her award is scheduled for Personal Support Worker Day, Thursday, May 19 (2016) at 2 p.m., the Brampton Civic Hospital, North Building, 6th Floor, Room 067. Read more...
How Toronto museums are helping people with Alzheimer’s experience art, even if they can’t remember it
Lorraine Cottle has a hard time making memories these days.
The 88-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about four years ago.
She struggles to tell you her age or follow the plot of a TV show.
But seated in front of a whimsical oil painting of a yellow violin one recent morning at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she seemed, for a moment, to remember. Read more...
One of the first lessons we learn as children is the importance of good oral hygiene, but it’s a practice that often gets lost on seniors, and that has the potential to lead to serious consequences.
It’s now one of the biggest concerns facing long-term health-care providers in Ontario, and it’s what led to a new project — Oral Care Community of Practice — which aims to educate nursing home caregivers about the importance of oral health care in seniors. Read more...
Big changes are coming to how home health care is delivered in Waterloo-Wellington – and those changes are prompting big concerns about what it means for personal support workers and their patients.
According to the Waterloo-Wellington Community Care Access Centre, which oversees the home care system, patients won’t be affected by the changes.
Other stakeholders say there’s no way that can be true. Read more...
At a time when assisted dying dominates discussion about end-of-life care, I think it’s important to address public fears around palliative care so that people can use the information to improve their quality of life.
Palliative care is not what happens when all treatments have failed. It does not mean “giving up” or “stopping the fight.” If you are fighting cancer or Lou Gehrig’s disease, palliative care means a team of people — such as doctors, nurses, social workers and others — will help make sure you have what you need to continue fighting. Read more...
OWEN SOUND - Sunday's Hike for Hospice event in Harrison Park included hospice workers who said they all felt privileged and honoured to work where they can care for people in their dying days.
Mar Hackbart, who has been nursing for 42 years, has worked as a registered nurse for two years in the hospice. It's in Seasons retirement home until a stand-alone home is built. There she cares for residents – they're not called patients -- whose physical and spiritual needs, profound and basic, are addressed. Read more...
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