SENIORCENTRIC JAN 8, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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Unfortunately, there is no availability for rapid antigen tests at pharmacies in Alberta. Alberta Health has advised that additional supplies of rapid testing kits should be available to ship to pharmacies the week of January 17. This site will be updated as soon as additional supplies are available.

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What it’s like being a front-line nurse during this wave of COVID-19

2021 Year in Review: In conversation with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney

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Nursing homes face severe staff shortages with COVID-19 surge

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COVID-19: Despite added screening in Alberta senior homes, families fear the worst

With the fragile state of seniors in long-term care homes, Linda Laroche is worried.

She said she keeps her cohort small and rarely goes anywhere other than to work and home, so she can safely see her 85-year-old mom Berta at her long-term care home, AgeCare Seton.

“Her life is in her room, sitting in front of the TV doing embroidery and she needs to have outside contact and stimulation, because you can’t wander the halls and have a conversation with a friend,” Laroche said.

“She’s in her own little world and I don’t want my mom to be like this.”

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Manitoba family told to cover cost for bringing home body of woman who died after hospital transfer

Shared Health apologizes after family told to make arrangements to bring mother’s remains home

A Manitoba woman is angry with the province after she was told she’d be left to cover the cost to transfer the body of her late mother — who died after she was moved from her home community to free up a hospital bed for someone else. 

Patricia Fosty was left scrambling on New Year’s Day when her 84-year-old mother, Irma Rougeau, died at Morris General Hospital, about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg — and Fosty was told it was up to her to bring her mother home to Winnipeg.

“I don’t think the government should only pay if you get out alive,” she said in disbelief.

“You transferred her outside her region. Why should we be on the hook for that?”

The person on the phone was apologetic, Fosty remembers.

“Those poor nurses are going, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to pay.’ They felt horrible about it,” said Fosty, who lives in Zhoda, in southeastern Manitoba.

She says she remained composed in the moment, “but, I mean, I could have been bawling my eyes out, not able to think straight — and I probably would have agreed to anything in that moment because we’re talking about my mom’s body and her care.”

Shared Health, which oversees health-care delivery in the province, is apologizing and says Fosty was misinformed. 

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Program aims to keep seniors out of nursing homes

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