Why something radical
For well over many decades, there has been very little significant change in the fundamental approach to providing quality of life for persons with dementia living in long term care homes. Many informal caregivers of persons with dementia and other concerned citizens have reached the point of dreading the need to use long term care homes either for themselves or for others. Despite our impression that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the current system, there have been few grass roots initiatives to take on the cause and make change happen – unlike other ‘walks of life’ where campaigns are initiated for various causes to sway politicians and influence the future – e.g. Save our school; Save our environment, etc.
There is urgency in harnessing the discontent with the existing facilities and converting it into positive energy that will bring significant change and have a significant impact on the quality of lives of persons with dementia living in long term care homes.
Our vision is to influence informal caregivers and other concerned citizens to take action to transform the quality of life for persons with dementia living in long term care homes.
What we are trying to accomplish
Through our blog we hope to motivate and influence informal caregivers and other concerned citizens to take action and champion innovation for persons with dementia in long term care homes. The time to act is now!
Please join this initiative to promote and demand transformation in providing quality of life for persons living with dementia in long term care homes. Here are some ways in which you can help ‘the cause’ – writing or phoning your MP or MPP, initiating a petition to ‘fight’ for innovation, or contacting your local media.
Who we are
The owners of this blog are Kathy Wright, Barbara Schulman, and Marg Eisner. Over the past three decades, we have worked together and separately primarily in the field of long term care and dementia. We have a compelling passion to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia living in long term care homes.
Marg worked 20 years as a Professor and Manager of Continuing Education Health Sciences, Algonquin College, Ottawa. She volunteered with the Alzheimer Society at the local, provincial and national levels and then was Program Director at four Alzheimer Societies providing education and developing programs to assist those affected by dementia. Currently Marg works as a dementia care consultant in project management and program development.
Kathy spent 30 years as the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. Her mother had dementia and lived in a long term care home for 7 years.
Barbara has over 30 years’ experience in planning and delivery of health services with much of her career focussing on care of the elderly, and persons with dementia. She volunteered with the local Alzheimer Society on numerous initiatives. Her mother had dementia.
Our collective experience has given us a good pulse on the state of long term care and dementia in Ontario and more importantly, it has led us to a strong belief that we need significant and serious change. We need innovation to respond to the needs and desires of persons with dementia who require long term care. We need venues that will offer quality of living environments to allow persons to be engaged in a safe and stimulating community. Let’s talk long term care and get this transformation underway!
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