The rules and regulations regarding these waitlists must have been designed by number-crunchers for expediency and efficiency of the system (optimal bed occupancy) who know nothing, or care nothing, about the real life experience of real live sentient human beings. There is a big difference between qualifying for admission to LTC and actually requiring LTC placement. Individuals can 'qualify' for the services that ...more »
Elder Abuse of all types needs to be treated as seriously as child abuse, socially and legally. Elder abuse happens in the person's home at the hands of family members, and it happens in seniors' care facilities. It should be identified as a crime ...more »
CCAC personnel need thorough education / training & accountability regarding the subtler forms of elder abuse and discrimination.
Attempting to force unwanted / unnecessary choices on an elderly person because the CCAC thinks it would be "good for" the individual is a form of elder abuse, and is a form of patronizing paternalistic discrimination against the individual because of his/her age.
Capacity Evaluations determining whether or not the individual is capable of making their own decisions regarding long-term care placement MUST be conducted by professionals uninvolved and completely independent from the placement process for that individual. Currently these evaluations are conducted by CCAC personnel. CCAC personnel are not objective, uninvolved nor independent in these placements. Each individual ...more »
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is an agency funded by the public, and operated under its own legislation under the Ministry of the Attorney. Legal Aid trains, certifies and maintains 'panels' of lawyers to represent clients in various special areas of law. LAO recommends and sponsors lawyers on these various panels to represent vulnerable clients in court and before Board such as the Consent & Capcity Board of Ontario. LAO ...more »
Far too often the adult children of elderly parents misuse the authority entrusted to them by their parents who have assigned them their Power of Attorney for Property and/or their Power of Attorney for Personal Care. It is too easy for these adult children to manage their parents finances and/or care in a way that benefits the adult children financially rather than for the ...more »
Sometimes residents in LTC are medicated as a means of keeping them quiet and passive.
Is zombie-hood what you want for yourself or your parents if 'living' your last days, months, or even years in LTC is in the future for you or them?
More CCAC personnel need to be drawn from professions and walks of life other than Nursing and Social Work. Far too many CCAC personnel view normal / ordinary life experiences such as old age as a medical problem requiring treatment or as a social work problem needing intervention.
Long-term care facilities should be required to have a facility pet (or pets) in every ward of the facility unless, after a submitting an application providing adequate justification, a specific exemption has been granted. There is little doubt that people residing in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home, experience significant health benefits from pets. Pets help them to cope with the emotional ...more »
If you are a senior, or will eventually become one, (which is pretty much all of us), be very wary about placing your trust in the eldercare systems and the legal systems in Ontario which you believe are there to protect you. I would like you to consider supporting the several proposals that I've submitted to this forum regarding the (mostly unseen) systemic abuse and discrimination many vulnerable seniors experience ...more »
Consent & Capacity Board hearings need to be very closely monitored by an independent body or authority. The Board, which is relatively unknown to the public at large, has enormous authority and powers in matters which can affect individuals' lives and rights profoundly. By and large the individuals who appear before the Board are the most vulnerable in our society. These individuals' rights can be stripped away ...more »
The expectation that people should retire at 65 (unless the person is incompetent or incapable) is a big mistake. Warehousing or segregating old folks into residences, treatment, facilities, programs and so on, is a big mistake. Society as a whole, not just seniors, has suffered an enormous loss of knowledge, information, experience, compassion, respect etc by our current ...more »