Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ontario health ministry silent after Renfrew woman says husband punished for refusing services

This kind of thing has been going on for a long time. I've gotten in trouble for complaining about the treatment of some of my clients in hospital, by officials who phoned my supervisors. It is shameful.

Mar 05, 2018 by Derek Dunn  Renfrew Mercury
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care knows the situation Pam and Raymond Picard claim they faced. When Raymond was offered a long-term care bed at a Pembroke facility, the Calabogie man refused because it would mean an hour-drive for Pam, who has been feeding and caring for him. After securing a spot in Renfrew, Pam began to speak out. She said the day after refusing Pembroke, a care co-ordinator from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) removed Raymond’s hospital bed, chair lift, and Pam’s four hours of respite care.
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  • Saturday, March 3, 2018

    brain tumour survival

    Large study shows brain tumour survival progress “generally flat”, with major differences between countries

    Cancer survival across the globe is increasing, but adult brain tumour survival is “generally rather flat”. This was the finding of a new study published in The Lancet (download available with free registration) that involved 37.5 million patients of 18 cancer types from 71 countries between 2000-2014. Large regional differences were observed in brain tumour outcomes: between 2010-2014, five-year survival was 14·7% in Thailand and 42.2% in Croatia. Of the countries assessed, 24 countries showed some survival improvements. Across the globe, overall brain tumour survival in childhood was found to be better than for adults. Over the same period, five-year survival for childhood brain tumours was close to 80% in Denmark, Slovakia, and Sweden, but less than 40% in Brazil and Mexico. Read more (Cancer Research UK news item on overall results).

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere.

    Sunday March 11,
    the day Canadians reach out to a lonely senior

    RISE Sunday, March 11, is a key moment in a national awareness campaign called Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere.

    The goal of the RISE campaign is to make Canadians of all ages, cultures and regions become aware of the impact of social isolation and loneliness on their older family members, friends and neighbours – and to take action.

    Over a million Canadian seniors say they are lonely and have limited social activity. For most of them, this feeling of loneliness worsens as winter drags on and they feel trapped inside by icy sidewalks and cold weather.  It is especially hard for those without family or friends nearby or who no longer have a driver's license. 

    On the weekend of March 11, when we move our clocks forward, HelpAge Canada and dozens of local and regional organizations across the country invite everyone to brighten the day of a senior in their life - a parent, a friend, a neighbour, a relative. 

    Small gestures like a call, an invitation to go for coffee, a walk can make a big difference for someone who is lonely and cut off from other people.

    HelpAge Canada is the founding organization of the RISE campaign, a grassroots effort of organizations all across Canada.  
    Make a difference in the life of an isolated senior on RISE Sunday and in the years to come.

    Jacques Bertrand: 438-888-7766 

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    Over diagnosis of cancer

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Palliative Home Care

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Seniors falling

    Seniors, OECD population averages

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    Canadian seniors, a healthcare opinion poll

    Fewer Canadians say they're satisfied with the quality of the health care they received compared with seniors in other countries. Despite this, more Canadian seniors reported better perceived health than the international average.

    This is an interesting dilemma, as the days are gone for house calls. This is really only an opinion poll. As we know more, physicians specialize more and are in high demand. Doctors are better at looking after themselves, as well. Patients cannot always access a health consult if they are ill, and cannot travel. Combine that with longer life spans...

    As the spouse of a man with prostate cancer, we've had nothing but excellent care.