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Watch Out for Well-Attired Caregivers

21 Jul

Sadly, elder abuse is far more common than most of us realize. It’s certainly not an unfamiliar concept to me. Both my mother and my late uncle were victimized by paid caregivers.

A few years ago,  my brother and I were given three hours notice that my mother was to be released from hospital but would require around-the-clock care for several months. We didn’t have a clue how to hire a care giver. All we knew was my mother really wanted to go home and the hospital wanted its bed back.  Lorna was the only applicant I spoke with and I hired her immediately. She seemed trustworthy and competent. And she was immediately available.

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Fees for Long Term Care in Ontario

15 May

In Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for the care an individual recieves while living in a long term care home. But residents are responsible for accommodation costs which are standard across the province. This means the cost of a bed in a well-run or newer home is exactly the same as the cost for a bed in a poorly run or delapadated older home.

As of  July 1, 2012 the rates for subidized beds in Ontario are:

Type of Accommodation Daily Rate Monthly Rate
Long-Stay Basic $55.04 $1,674.14
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$64.04 $1,947.89
Long-Stay Semi-Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$63.04 $1,917.47
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to a newer LTC home
$74.79 $2,274.86
Long-Stay Private
Residents admitted to an older LTC home
$73.04 $2,221.64
Short-Stay $35.63 N/A

If  the person you are concerned about is deemed eligible for a long-term care home, they can not be refused regardless of whether they can afford the fees. If you are considering long term care for a loved one and have not started the process already, you will need to start by contacting your local  CCAC.

Open the Windows & Pass the Gefilte Fish

25 Mar

Why is this day different than all other days? Because on this day, I am playing the role of the dutiful daughter.

A Seder table setting

A Seder table setting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think of Passovers past, I have many wonderful memories of Passover seders spent sitting around the dining room table with much loved family members who aren’t here anymore. I was the youngest child in the family and to this day I can sing the four questions in Hebrew by memory. And I can still belt out a mean Dayenu! Continue reading

Alzheimer’s by the Numbers

10 Mar

This was produced in the U.S. but the enormity of the situation is equally relevant to Canadians.

Alzheimer’s Canada is an excellent first source for information and support for anyone wanting to learn more about dementia.

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