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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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ADLs & IADLs

1 Jun

If you have an elderly person in your life, you’re going to hear a lot about ADLs and IADLs.

Basically they are all the things we do for ourselves every day that we take for granted.

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The End of the Line?

28 Jun

This video may just make you rethink aging, or at the very least the meaning of “the end of the line”. It was shot at the Terrace Lodge LTC in Alymer, Ontario. Please let me know your thoughts.

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.

Forget the Dress (and the Shoes), Say Yes to the Bed

10 May

I’ve been off-line for a while. Not because I haven’t had much to say, but because I’ve been overwhelmed. I had planned to spend this rainy day catching up on my writing and getting some posts ready for next week.  But my plans have changed and this is why:

It finally happened. The long-awaited phone call from CCAC. A room has become available for my mother in one of the three long term care facilities she has been wait-listed for since August, 2011. Now she has until Monday to decide. Or perhaps I should say my siblings and I will have until Monday to persuade her. Apparently the CCAC still deems my mother capable of making decisions, even if her children and her doctors do not.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

The so-called Golden Years have not been kind to Gertie.

My brother and I will be taking our mother to see the home this afternoon. We expect the drive to be tense. If mom says “yes” she will need to be moved in within five days. If she says “no”, her name will be removed from all three waiting lists and her file with the CCAC will be closed (yes, that’s how it works for all long-term care applicants here in Ontario).  As far as nursing homes go, this one is really nice. It’s in Richmond Hill and not too far from where she lives now. It’s also fairly close to my brother’s home. It has 160 beds and is in a relatively new building.  Additionally, the overall resident population is Jewish, a significant issue for my mother.  She thinks it’s “too far” and she can be difficult, very difficult. So the next few days/weeks are going to be very interesting.

Gertie really needs to say YES. Can you feel my stress? Stay tuned, because I’m back.

“The Sandwich Generation” – A Preview

3 Mar

This video brings up a number of emotions for me. Watch it and let me know your thoughts.

 

Every family is different and we all have our own ways of tackling life’s challenges. I could not imagine bringing either of my old people home to live with my child and I. But that’s me. Would you uproot your children and move half-way across the country for your family?  How would you feel about having your home of 40 years emptied out before your eyes? Is this family better or worse off for having Harry move in with them?

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