CARE-WATCH Fed 20, 2021: Long Term Care News

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Campuses offer a sustainable and innovative solution for a new generation of seniors’ care. They bring services, supports and care together in one setting, which is incredibly valuable. But more importantly they are vibrant, age-friendly communities that promote friendships, social inclusion, mutual support, and positive aging.

Jane Sinclair, Chair of the AdvantAge Ontario Board of Directors.
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Why does COVID-19 kill so many seniors in long-term care?

COVID-19 has killed more people in long-term care homes than anywhere else in British Columbia. Now, a sweeping new study is setting out to answer the question: Why them?

The study, which involves over a dozen of B.C.’s leading virologists, immunologists and lab researchers, hinges on how elderly immune systems respond to a coronavirus infection. From there, researchers will look at elderly immune responses to vaccines — both in those who never tested positive for the virus and those who recovered from a previous infection. “We still don’t know why COVID is having such a devastating impact on long-term care, especially the residents,” said lead researcher Dr. Marc Romney, a clinical associate professor in the Univeresity of B.C.’s faculty of medicine and the medical leader for medical microbiology and virology at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Romney has spent his career tracking emerging pathogens, from SARS in California in the early 2000s to the global response to Ebola and outbreaks of C. difficile in B.C. hospitals — a bacteria causing a form of infectious diarrhea, especially deadly among seniors.

“Most of my career has been about emerging pathogens, viruses and bacteria — diagnosing them, controlling them,” he said. “I’m in it for the long game.”

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CANADA LTC COVID Cases Feb 21 , 2021

2559 Affected Homes

78023 Total Cases

14144 Deaths

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Region’s program to help seniors stay at home longer receives $7.8M funding boost from province

Program also ‘helps to reduce caregiver burnout and assist everyone involved,’ paramedic chief says

A paramedicine program that aims to keep seniors safely in their homes longer has received nearly $7.8 million over the next three years from the province.

As part of the program, which is run by the region’s paramedic services, community paramedics provide non-emergency medical care to seniors and people with chronic illness in their homes. That includes check-ups, health assessments, and in-home safety assessments.

The region says the program will also provide:

  • Access to health services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through in-home and remote methods, such as online or virtual supports.
  • Home visits and in-home testing.
  • Ongoing monitoring of conditions to prevent or reduce emergency incidents.
  • Education about healthy living or managing things like chronic diseases.
  • Connections for participants and their families to home care and community supports.

Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced the funding on Friday morning, saying the move is one way the province is working to modernize seniors care and manage the growing demand for long term care.

“It is critical that we do our part to help people safely remain in their homes for as long as possible, if that’s what they prefer to do. However, without the support they need, some seniors are at risk of ending up in the hospital or in a crisis,” he said.

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Long-term care homes in Canada: How many and who owns them?

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BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta.  It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE