Are Rules and Regulations Preventing Quality of Life?

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Here’s what some are saying:

NDP Health Critic, France Gélinas (MPP Nickel Belt): Long-Term Care Home inspections fall short.  Gélinas, stated that “some homes are really not meeting quality care and need the government oversight to protect people.” Click here for January 10th article in the Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Payne.

Candace Chartier, CEO/Ontario Long-Term Care Association: “in long-term care, 95% of administration burden arises from meeting legislated obligations directly related to superfluous care planning documentation and responding to inspection requirements, both of which divert staff time and resources from the provision of direct care.”

Lisa Levin, CEO/AdvantAGE Ontario: “Long-term care is the most over regulated sector in Ontario with 600 regulations”.

Administrators:  trying to comply with all the regulations prohibits the implementation of innovative care that would benefit residents directly.

A family member: I saw a staff who was handing out medication. She stopped to help a resident who fell and was then chastised for leaving the medication tray unattended.

If these 600 regulations and the extra 100 inspectors have not managed to improve our long-term care home system by now, they never will.  Don’t you think it is time for a transformation – one that promotes a better quality of life for residents as opposed to more rules and regulations?

What do you say?  Please tell us what you think – we would love to hear from you.

And share this with your contacts or anyone you know who may be interested in improving the way care is delivered to the 70,000 residents now living in our long-term care homes in Ontario.

Canada’s first Dementia Village!

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Canada’s first community designed, specifically for people with dementia opens in June 2019 Langley B.C.

It’s called The Village. Comprised of six, single-story cottage-style homes and a community centre, The Village will be home to 78 people with dementia, an umbrella term that includes people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases associated with aging. Care will be provided by 72 specially trained staff.

At The Village, residents are not seen as dementia patients; they see the person and their story first. They believe that every person’s fundamental desire to achieve well-being, purpose and fulfillment does not diminish with age or dementia.

The Village’s design was inspired by Hogewey, the world’s first dementia village, in The Netherlands. What makes The Village different from traditional nursing homes is that residents will be able to shop, have a coffee, walk their dog, get their hair cut and take part in activities such as gardening by themselves. Continue reading “Canada’s first Dementia Village!”

Just Imagine the Possibilities!

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes an existing model obsolete”

R. Buckminster Fuller

Just imagine if politicians understood what quality of life looks like for persons living in long-term care homes!  Well, now you can see this for yourself.

Click on the video below and view between the 3:04 and 5:30 minute mark.

 

Below are the innovative models highlighted on our blog.  While each model possesses unique features, the fundamental elements integral to all of them are the development of relationships between staff and residents and their families and the caring that embraces kindness and compassion.  For more details on any of the models below, please scroll down our blog site.

  • Hogeway Dementia Village, from Holland (this model has been implemented in Ontario, Alberta, and in progress in British Columbia)
  • Eden Alternative: Over 300 homes in the USA and globally, 7 in Eastern/Central Canada and 1 in Saskatchewan (Sherbrooke Village in Saskatoon).
  • Green House: 242 homes in 32 states in the USA with 150 more in various stages of development.
  • Schlegel Villages in Ontario, 19 villages in Ontario
  • Butterfly Care Home: Over 100 Butterfly Homes in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and Canada – 7 in Alberta & 1 in Ontario with more promised.

All of us, whether we are family members, health care workers, or just interested citizens, can advocate for change in a system that needs to be changed.   With the Ontario municipal elections behind us, we have an opportunity to influence the 2019 priorities that will be set in the coming weeks in communities across the province.  You can start by contacting your local councillor and/or Mayor.  Please share your advocacy ideas under the comments section of this blog.

 

Where is the public outcry?

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Recently published in an Ontario newspaper:

“I recently met a group at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. We spent time in front of the controversial Chagall painting that was to be sold abroad. The auction was stopped due to public outcry. The result? The painting was returned to the walls of the National Gallery

One of the group remarked on the freedoms Canadians enjoy, such as voicing an opinion, being heard and respected. This comment got me wondering: Why is there no public outcry about our long-term care (LTC) homes in Ontario? How do we change our apathy, demand not just an incremental change but for a change in the model of delivery?

We must exercise our privileged right to be heard. Our most fragile and vulnerable population deserves our outrage. Address your concerns to your new city councillors and your MPPs.”

Submitted by Rose Ann, a caregiver (Rose Ann is pictured above with her spouse, Ron, who has since passed away)

 

More Transformations Coming!

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It looks like Peel Region’s initiative is continuing to have a positive influence.  First the City of Toronto followed suit and now Primacare Living has decided to bring the Butterfly Program to St Catherines, Brampton, London, and near Hamilton according to the October 24th Toronto Star article.

Could we be on a roll?  If so, why is nothing happening in Brantford, Ottawa, Kingston, North Bay and other cities in Ontario?

And as we have highlighted in previous posts, it does not necessarily have to be the Butterfly Model!  Moira Welsh, the Star reporter, did research on other innovative models and stated “The Green House Project and Eden Alternative – both created by American Geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas – share similar philosophies that favour small homes, social interaction and friendships between staff and people in their care.”

Let’s get going folks!  Now that the Municipal Elections are over in some provinces, you can send letters asking Mayors and City Councillors to champion transformation in one of the long-term care homes in your region. 

You can help by sharing our blog with your contacts and encouraging them to be followers.   Also, please share on your Facebook/Twitter accounts if you have them.

If we do nothing, nothing will change.

 

6th Graders in a Long-Term Care Home?

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What is unusual about this picture?

Sherbrooke Community Centre Nursing Home in Saskatoon is the home to 263 high-needs residents. It’s also the site of an intergenerational school. Every year, after winning a city-wide lottery, a batch of sixth graders ditch the traditional classroom and spend a year attending school at Sherbrooke.  Listen to this story from CBC’s Sunday Morning radio show here.

At Sherbrooke, there are no classrooms, no desks, and no blackboards. Students get together with their teachers in the chapel in the morning and again at noon, but the rest of the time they are free to go where they want, and sit with anyone they feel like talking to.  The school is a life-changing experience for the elders as much as it is for the kids.

“If we didn’t see the kids, we would just be a bunch of old people in this building, and that is stark and it’s ugly. Without the kids, I just feel that a part of me dies,” one resident says.

In western Canada, Sherbrooke Community Centre Nursing Home is the first care home to register as an Eden Alternative ® home.

Another innovative model for us to consider….

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Thanks to Betty for leading the way!

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Betty is in the centre flanked by the moderator and panelists

Betty is a past caregiver whose husband lived in a long-term care home.  She decided to increase awareness for innovation in our long-term care home system by organizing a panel at her church through the JOY (just older youth) program.

When asked “Do you think transforming our long-term care home system should be a municipal election issue”, the overwhelming response was “yes” (75 people).

If you agree, here is a draft letter you can personalize and send to those running in your ward on October 22nd.   Names and emails of candidates in Ontario wards can be found by searching “certified candidates for 2018 municipal election in (insert city name)”. There are only a few weeks left to plant these seeds.

If you are new to our blog,  scroll down to learn about the Butterfly model that  transformed a unit in one of the Region of Peel’s long-term care homes.

Please share this with your contacts and/or on your  Facebook or Twitter accounts.