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CAREWATCH is Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH

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 

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RECENT PRINTABLES

INDEX (CLICK on Carol’s contributed collated collections by date)

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 23, 2020 Print version

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 18, 2020 Print version

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 11, 2020 Print version

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Dec 6, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Nov 21, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Nov 16, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Reprised Nov 15, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Oct 29, 2020 Social Workers for Social Justice, webinar outline

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement August 24 2020 care watch COVID-18 Visitor Release and Waiver

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Aug 16 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Aug 12 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Aug 3 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Jul 27 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Jul 6 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement June 30 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement June 29 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement June 18 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement June 17 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement May 31 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement May 29 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement May 15 2020

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CARE WATCH WEEKLY UPDATES INDEX

CARE-WATCH Jan 9, 2021: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: We're not approaching them and asking them if they want to be part of this program. They're approaching us, saying, 'We want to be in your facility to care for our loved one, just like we always did [before the pandemic], but in a safe way.Lori McDonald, vice-president of care and research services. York Care Centre CANADA LTC COVID Cases Jan 15, 2021 816 Affected Homes23530 Total Cases3359 Deaths NIA LONG TERM CARE COVID-19 TRACKER Long-term care homes in Canada: How many and who owns them? Great News! As of today, COVID-19 immunization clinics have been held at all 87 long-term care homes in Toronto. This vaccination milestone comes well in advance of the Province's January 21 deadline. Thank you to our hospital partners, @TOPublicHealth and City staff. pic.twitter.com/MHNwBAtEDm— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 15, 2021 YES! Now sue the others too #LongTermCrime Extendicare now hit with $200 million class-action lawsuit ...
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CARE WATCH EVENT:Alberta Seniors, COVID-19 and the Federal Government Panel Discussion

Registration Alberta Seniors, COVID-19, and the Federal GovernmentPublic Panel Discussion by Zoom Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7 – 9 pm More than two-thirds of reported deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta are residents of continuing care facilities. This devastation is a failure of our care systems to keep residents safe. This is nothing new; we have decades of studies and reports from Alberta and across the country documenting the failures of long-term care facilities and related services. Major changes are necessary, and the need for national care standards is being promoted as one of those changes. The Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan NDP Electoral District Association executive has organized a public meeting with an expert panel to explore the jurisdictional authority and responsibility for eldercare services, the state of seniors’ care in Alberta, and what we need to do to fix the problems.Our expert panel features: Ms. Patricia Paradis, Executive Director, ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Jan 5, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Jan 5, 2021 PRINT VERSION SALTAlberta’s Carol Wodak Interview Interviewed by The Family Councils Collaborative Alliance (FCCA) our goal is to work with Family Councils to provide information on the issues that are impacting their loved ones and we are using the platform of the The LTC (Long Term Care) Chronicles to discuss and promote these issues.  We want to have a discussion that will effect change and have families part of the discussion. My year-end review of legislation is going more slowly that I had hoped, but probably by the end of the week. So you have more time to consider your nomination for the worst, the most sneaky, the most mean and petty work of the UCP government. I do hope you’ll share! I will not be identifying contributors - does that help? Carol The Work in Progress during this week is a review ...
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CARE-WATCH Jan 9, 2021: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: “All but three of the homes hospitals are managing are owned by for-profit corporations. St. George in downtown Toronto is owned by Sienna Senior Living Inc., one of Canada’s largest operators of private, for-profit long-term care homes.”rose dsouza ONDP special advisor + health research SALTAlberta's Carol Wodak Interview Interviewed by The Family Councils Collaborative Alliance (FCCA) our goal is to work with Family Councils to provide information on the issues that are impacting their loved ones and we are using the platform of the The LTC (Long Term Care) Chronicles to discuss and promote these issues.  We want to have a discussion that will effect change and have families part of the discussion. Alberta LTC COVID Cases Jan 7, 2021 243 Affected Homes8095 Total Cases785 Deaths nia ltc-covid19-tracker We’re reviewing facility-based continuing care in Alberta to ensure seniors and people with disabilities receive the best care and services available. Albertans ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Dec 28, 2020

Care Watch Dec 28, 2020 The Christmas Edition: a quick review of where we’re at with COVID-19 and eldercare Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Dec 28 , 2020 PRINT VERSION The Work in Progress during this week is a review of the 77 government pieces of legislation enacted since the UCP was elected. At the half-way mark, it does appear to be a concerted effort to unravel a century of progress with social programs and the administration of justice. Some changes are really sneaky – an effect only obvious as the legislation is enacted, and the regulations revealed. [ Like, additional policing to control rural crime – if the costs are covered by the municipalities.] Do you have a notable example of legislation which challenges or changes our values and civil rights? Which change is doing the greatest harm? The most mean and petty? [deindexing AISH is my choice for ...
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CARE-WATCH Jan 2, 2021: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: My mother resides in long-term care and putting her into long-term care was the worst day of my life, handing that over. But I had to have faith. And I did have faith. Then COVID-19 happened and Pandora's Box has been opened to show time after time that it's profits, not care, that is happening.Maureen McDermott, a protester whose mother is in River Glen Haven Nursing Home in Sutton, Ont. Alberta LTC COVID Cases Dec 21, 2020 225 Affected Homes5415 Total Cases526 Deaths https://ltc-covid19-tracker.ca/ We cannot continue to deny that family #caregivers are essential to the healthcare workforce in this country. They contribute billions in unpaid care and countless hours. Locking them out has not worked and it is bad policy that has resulted in harm. #EssentialCaregivers https://t.co/lc0QBroxza— Julie Drury (@SolidFooting) January 2, 2021 The right to your closest relationships - the right to be a family. @MaggieKeresteci and ...
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CARE-WATCH Dec 26, 2020: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: We’re well into the second wave. . . . There’s still double (the daily case count) that there was in the first wave. I continue to be disappointed but I shouldn’t be surprised because I think it’s clear they’re hiding from accountability and they didn’t learn anything during the first wave, otherwise we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.Sarah Hoffman Opposition NDP deputy leader responds to "Third-party review meant to inform Alberta's second-wave COVID-19 response expected in new year" SALTAlberta's own Carol Wodak (CAREWATCH) was interviewed by Family Councils Collaborative Alliance The LTC Chronciles Podcast – Carol Wodak – SALT ABLERTA Alberta LTC COVID Cases Dec 21, 2020 225 Affected Homes5415 Total Cases526 Deaths https://ltc-covid19-tracker.ca/ SHAME ON YOU, SHAME!@DrVivianS @Priorhockey @dg_grrl @DrFullertonMPP @OntarioHealthC @DrAmitMitra #carenotprofits pic.twitter.com/e1xLjM3oYP— Maureen McDermott (@Moe54577251) December 25, 2020 Long-term care homes in Canada: How many and who owns them? BREAKING NEWS Father and ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Dec 23, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 23, 2020 PRINT VERSION To all of you – thank you for being concerned. May you and yours be safe and well and may this holiday season be an opportunity to recharge your batteries! Carol The Lead So – I did the Family Councils Collaborative Alliance interview last week, and here is the audio... The LTC Chronciles Podcast - Carol Wodak - SALT ABLERTA The video will be released on YouTube on Thursday, January 7, 2020 @ 9:30AM EST. Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they mean Put another way:It took 238 days for the first 400 deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta.It's taken 36 days for the next 415 deaths. pic.twitter.com/9QVQJ2lcka— Robson Fletcher (@CBCFletch) December 19, 2020 Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 23, 2020 Print version Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 18, 2020 Print version Carol Wodak ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Dec 18, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 18, 2020 PRINT VERSION The Lead Casualty Dispatch, December 17, 2020 The Province now has 19,865 active cases with 1,571 new cases over the 24-hour period that ended at midnight Wednesday; the province reported a record-breaking 30 new COVID-19 deaths Thursday. To date, 512 of the 790 reported deaths (65 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites. Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 18, 2020 Print version Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 11, 2020 Print version Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement November 16, 2020 Print version Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement November 15, 2020 Print version The Complete Carol Wodak File Carol's complete comprehensive compositions ...
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CARE-WATCH Dec 19, 2020: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: The provinces that don't choose to give their seniors the highest level of standards will be asked questions on that by the folks who are sending their moms and dads into those senior centres. And it will become a difficult answer for them to give.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Alberta has a total of 176 long-term care homes; 47% are publicly owned, 25% are owned by private for-profit organizations and 28% are owned by private not-for-profit organizations. Latest The Effect of COVID-19 on Nursing Home Abuse: A Legal Perspective Florida is ranked dead last in care for its aging. How will you spend your last years? ZOOMERS' ADVOCACY GROUP CARP CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN ONTARIO'S LONG TERM CARE MINISTRY 9 months ago today Seniors were locked up, denied access from their-Family's Love-Essential Caregiver's over-sight & support care-POA,SDM-engagementEven today some are STILL being fully deniedothers are intermittentMany died alone and tragically ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Dec 11, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 11, 2020 Covid-19 statistics for Alberta. Robson Fletcher, CBC Calgary December11. 2020 • 657 of the 684 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta to December 5, 2020 were people over  60 years of age. [that is 96%].  428 of those were people over the age of 80. [that is 66%]. Update 157: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (Dec. 11, 4:15 p.m.)  To date, 429 of the 684 reported deaths (63 %) have been in long-term care facilities or  supportive/home living sites  Alberta reports 1,738 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more deaths CBC News Dec 11, 2020 Alberta's chief medical officer of health unveils new ads urging Albertans not to gather socially over the  holidays.  New mandatory provincewide measures to protect lives December 8, 2020 Government of Alberta  'We're guinea pigs,' says inmate as cases surge to 234 at Calgary Remand Centre CBC News Dec  11, 202  ...
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CARE-WATCH Dec 12, 2020: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: It's beyond anything I could comprehend ever happening. It just baffles me that somebody would do this. You've exposed staff that are working their butts off to care for our family. There's probably 300 to 400 people in there. To knowingly go in there and do something reckless like that – I don't even have words for it." John McGrath, whose mother lives at the building where a deliberate COVID-19 exposure by another visitor to AgeCare Seton in Calgary GUIDE: Infection Prevention and Control for Long-Term Care Homes Public Health Ontario Latest Revera report calls out ‘cracks’ in long-term care amid swipes at COVID-19 response Health Canada warns people with allergies to COVID-19 vaccine ingredients 20 residents dead at Etobicoke long-term care home amid COVID-19 outbreak downtown Calgary doing that dystopian thing again #yyc pic.twitter.com/JXlB3Zqwk9— matt daniels (@mattxdaniel) December 13, 2020 Wife says care home failed to call about ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Dec 6, 2020

Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement December 6, 2020 What do you look for in the news? I’ve done Care Watch for years, with occasional lapses lately. When I scan the news every day – from more than a dozen sources – I watch for news related to eldercare/long term care and more general issues that affect seniors. But we do need a break from the bad news, the limitations of daily life, the isolation and loneliness. So the Sherwood Park ND Constituency Association Executive, of which I am a member, has planned an event to change the tune for a little bit: a Covid-safe Zoom Nineties Dance Party, Regardless of your political affiliation, I invite you to join us just for the fun of it and the reminder that we are friends and neighbours, and we need to celebrate together, if only for a little while! When? 7:30 pm, Friday, ...
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CARE-WATCH Dec 5, 2020: Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: Parkside Extendicare said that 50 residents of the home had tested positive with four in hospital.  The number of people with COVID-19 has now grown to 90 with over 30 staff also being infected.  Three people are still in hospital and it is believed three people have died. This is the largest outbreak at a seniors home in Saskatchewan.Mitchell Blair 620 CKRM The Source DISCUSSION PAPER: A Higher Standard:Setting federal standards in long-term care and continuing care Pat Armstrong and Marcy Cohen Latest What will Ontario’s long-term care system look like post-pandemic? Quebec Long-term care home outbreaks growing again in the province Second wave Alberta: COVID-19 cuts another swath through continuing care homes NIA LONG TERM CARE COVID-19 TRACKER Dec 4 2020 Of course they want government to bail them out. Why wouldn’t for-profit corporations want legislation to protect them from negligence and failing to protect seniors due to low ...
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CARE-WATCH Nov 28, 2020:Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: "We're just really concerned. You just totally feel helpless, because what can we do?"Marilyn Biletski, whose 96-year-old mother is a resident at Fairview Brandon, Man Hot of the Press Winnipeg care home staffing challenged as 159 COVID-19 positive workers isolating 5 residents of Abbotsford B.C. care home die in just one day from COVID-19 ‘Care Gone Wrong’ highlights flaws in Ontario’s long-term care and nursing homes Seniors have been at risk due to staffing shortages long before this pandemic hit. They cannot continue to ride a second wave of #COVID19AB without more oversight and accountability.Read our release:https://t.co/jzouv4ftDi#ABhealth #ABpoli #Ableg #SeniorsDeserveBetter— Friends of Medicare (@FriendsMedicare) November 27, 2020 Sadly very little being done in Alberta by @PonJosephine . We have a crisis in our continuing care system and support from the UCP is missing #ableg https://t.co/PzxM4iNdat— Lori Sigurdson (@LoriSigurdson) November 27, 2020 Here are the 9 new lives lost to ...
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CARE-WATCH Nov 21, 2020:Long Term Care News

From the Desk of Carol Wodak Care Watch Supplement Nov 22, 2020 QUOTABLES: More and larger outbreaks are occurring in long term care homes, congregate living settings and hospitals, and spreading in Indigenous communities. These developments are deeply concerning as they put countless Canadians at risk of life-threatening illness, cause serious disruptions to health services and present significant challenges for areas not adequately equipped to manage complex medical emergencies.Dr. Theresa Tam Live Video Presentation from Ottawa by Canadians in support of national long-term care standards, accountability and transparency / Les Canadiens en appui des normes nationales de soins de longue durée, de la responsabilité et la transparence Hot of the Press COVID-19 outbreak declared at Orchard Manor long-term care facility in Kelowna 'Wishmas tree' bringing holiday cheer to Yukon long-term care residents Facility-wide COVID-19 outbreak declared at Thunder Bay long-term care home Alberta News: Alberta reports more COVID-19 cases on ...
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CARE WATCH – CAROL WODAK SUPPLEMENT Nov 21, 2020

AASW Continuing Care Workshop Oct 29, 2020 80% of COVID-19 deaths were seniors in care facilities. They died, not because of their age, but because their care and accommodation were unsafe. Mr. Kenny’s insistence that their average age was 83, whereas average life expectancy is 82 is just blaming the victims. At age 80, StatsCan tells me I can expect to live another 10 years. The only comprehensive history of Alberta’s health care system is a 2012 unpublished work by Wendy Armstrong. Her work starts with the acknowledgment that social and political conflict has marked the history of the development of public healthcare in Canada, particularly in Alberta. While there has been consistent and overwhelming public support for a publicly funded and administered healthcare system, successive Albertagovernments and elites have continued to view and court private market alternatives. As a consequence of this tacit support for private enterprise, often presented ...
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CARE-WATCH Nov 14, 2020:Long Term Care News

REPORTS AND PAPERS STAYING APART TO STAY SAFE The Impact of Visit Restrictions on LongTerm Care and Assisted Living Survey November 2020Association Between Nursing Home Crowding and COVID-19 Infection and Mortality in Ontario, Canada QUOTABLES: "It's important to find and hold accountable those responsible for all these deaths, but it's even more urgent to make sure no more deaths happen. So, I'm calling on the Premier to establish an expert panel of front-line workers so he can finally start learning the truth about what's really going wrong in our long-term care homes." President Warren (Smokey) Thomas Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Hot of the Press Should more be done to protect seniors facilities as COVID-19 cases rise in Alberta? Winnipeg mayor calls deaths at care home 'sickening,' pushes province to do more to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks Almost Half Of Wyoming State's Coronavirus-Related Deaths Are Resident Of Long Term Care ...
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CARE-WATCH Nov 7, 2020:Long Term Care News

REPORTS AND PAPERS Who Doesn't Come Home: Factors Influencing Mortality Among Long-Term Care Residents Transitioning to and From Emergency Departments in Two Canadian CitiesProducing ‘Top Tips’ for Care Home Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic in England From the Desk of Carol Wodak: AASW Continuing Care Workshop Oct 29, 2020 QUOTABLES: We are just as vulnerable as other parts of the country when it comes to the precarious situation our nursing homes find themselves in.Daniel Legere New Brunswick Federation of Labour Hot of the Press Ont. Premier tosses a bone to long-term-care advocates Increasing visitation and maintaining safety in long-term care homes a fine balance, says union representative Ten deaths at Ottawa long-term care home linked to COVID-19 this fall “the government has had months to recruit and train people to work in #LongTermCare care, as British Columbia has done, or issue a broad call for mass hiring as seen in ...
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CARE-WATCH Oct 31, 2020:Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: If infection gets into a long-term care home, you can be looking at over 10 per cent mortality in that group in people who otherwise had a reasonable quality of life and should have lived longer. Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert from the University of Alberta. Hot of the Press Long-term care advocate solicits human rights complaints in Newfoundland and Labrador Nursing homes cite shortages of masks, gloves, gowns and other PPE U.K. Elderly Denied Intensive Care at Virus Peak, Times Says The @ONGov recent commitment to long-term care preparedness must be implemented quickly. There’s no time to waste. We learned in the spring that the earlier a long-term care home received critical supports the more likely they would avoid an outbreak. We must work together. pic.twitter.com/F65X3YSFY4— Ontario LTC Assoc. (@OLTCAnews) October 30, 2020 No one should be left without their #PSW for days on end. End ...
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CARE-WATCH Oct 24, 2020:Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: Right now, a for-profit long-term-care home’s number one objective is to make a profit, and they are very good at it. They make hundreds of millions, sometimes billions of dollars, in profit. There’s nothing wrong with making money, but not on the backs of frail, elderly people in our long-term-care homes.France Gélinas Nickel Belt MPP Hot of the Press Canadian Red Cross sent to help long-term care home struggling with COVID-19 in eastern Ontario Staff member at New Westminster care home tests positive for COVID-19, outbreak declared Illinois hits another sad COVID-19 milestone: 5,000 deaths in long-term care We have at least 292 Long-Term Care + Retirement Homes🏡w/ #COVID-19 Outbreaks across Canada. 2 - New Brunswick10 - Manitoba17 - British Columbia30 - Alberta 109 - Quebec!124 - Ontario!Our latest counts are available at @RyersonNIA's https://t.co/WMaQP69kI1. pic.twitter.com/7Pg3s6JrkK— Samir Sinha (@DrSamirSinha) October 23, 2020 We are on a dangerous path. My ...
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CARE-WATCH Oct 17, 2020:Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: One after another of the residents started dying. I was scared to come back after a few days off, not knowing how many would be left. It is not right, so short staffed and bodies of the people I cared for piling up.personal support worker: email sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford News Trudeau says feds want fixes, not control, of long-term care system London long-term care homes continue to grapple with COVID-19 outbreaks 'I don't feel like a person': Sask. long-term care resident says COVID restrictions affecting mental health UCP considering proposal to ensure long-term care facilities follow best practices and monitor compliance. Some members against this and think private facilities can self-monitor. If COVID has taught us anything it is to question the role of private corps in long-term care. https://t.co/8eWlHYuDRD— Lorian Hardcastle (@Lorian_H) October 17, 2020 I would like to know the ...
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CARE-WATCH Oct 10, 2020:Long Term Care News

NEW REPORTS 30 Years of Chronic Underinvestment has Created a ‘Perfect Storm’ in Long-Term Care. Honouring the voices and experiences of Long-Term Care Home residents, caregivers and staff during the first wave of COVID-19 in Ontario Oct 2020. Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee RNAO Submission to the Long-Term Care Staffing Study Advisory Group. QUOTABLES: A lot of people are confused and worried, a lot of them have family [that can't visit]... plus the main thing, because of COVID we're not allowed to go outside this gate here.Clifford Nelson Parkview Place Resident Winnipeg 277-bed facility, now home to the biggest personal care home outbreak in Manitoba News Elderly people in Quebec long-term care homes forced to move out to make room for short-term beds Ontario Health Coalition calls for overhaul of long term care 'They are afraid': Worker says staff fear showing up at West End Villa long-term care home How is ...
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CARE-WATCH Oct 3, 2020:Long Term Care News

QUOTABLES: Every afternoon she takes a CBD and a very small amount of THC. She tells me that the soft gels really help with her pain — she has arthritis. She sleeps well, but her health-care workers tell me that for them it’s her mood. In the afternoon, she’s happy and kind and loving. They just have fun in the afternoon because she just feels better ... She tells me that it is improving the quality of her life. Hilary Black is the chief advocacy officer Canopy Growth Corp Study on use of medical cannabis by seniors in long-term care facilities across Ontario New Studies Waiting for Long-Term Care in the GTA: Trends and Persistent Disparities COVID-19 in long-term care homes in Ontario and British Columbia News Fort William First Nation votes in LTC home referendum Two Toronto nursing homes are the hardest hit LTC facilities by COVID-19 in Ontario, according ...
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CARE-WATCH Sept 26, 2020:News from the front lines of LTC

QUOTABLES: RNAO will continue to call for the Nursing Home Basic Care Guarantee as the only way forward. It will also continue to urge that no nursing home – whether for-profit or not-for-profit – go below four hours of direct nursing and personal care per resident, per 24 hoursThe Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) News COVID-19 outbreak at Errinrung care home in Thornbury Doctor warns some Canadian long-term care homes not ready for second wave Long-term care: 'We said we would never let this happen again' Seniors were hit hardest by #COVID19—esp those in care. Canada is now bracing for a 2nd wave, but neither the fed. or prov. gov'ts have made the necessary changes to address this pandemic's toll on seniors. #FixSeniorsCareNOWhttps://t.co/FfrC80TCdS#ABhealth #ABpoli #CDNhealth— Friends of Medicare (@FriendsMedicare) September 23, 2020 A fascinating paper analyzing early responses to COVID in social care, from before the period covered in ...
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CARE-WATCH Sept 19, 2020:News from the front lines of LTC

QUOTABLES: The pandemic is causing what you might call the creative destruction of some of what has been the paradigm to senior housing and care. Nexus Insights Founder and National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Co-Founder Bob Kramer. News A pandemic upshot: Seniors are having second thoughts about where to live ‘They were supposed to keep her safe,’ says family of long-term care resident who died of COVID-19 Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus The Lead: Long-term care homes in Alberta brace for COVID-19 resurgence as requirements change A new order comes into effect today giving care home operators more flexibility There are renewed concerns about the safety of people living in long-term care homes as Alberta battles one of the highest rates of active COVID-19 cases in the country and simultaneously eases some facility restrictions. A new order, announced by Alberta's chief medical ...
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CARE-WATCH Sept 12, 2020:News from the front lines of LTC

What's New REPORT ON THE PROFITABILITY AND VIABILITY OF THE AUSTRALIAN AGED CARE INDUSTRY Communication Toolkit for Long-Term Care Facilities World Health Organization Long-Term Care Resources for Residents, Families, and Caregivers Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care June 2020 A Policy Briefing by the Working Group on Long-Term Care WHAT’S MISSING FROM DISCUSSIONS ON NURSING HOMES Pat Armstrong and Sharon Strauss | May 21, 2020 Carol's Recent Care Watch Printables Aug 24, 2020 Aug 16, 2020 QUOTABLES: The Pandemic Is Highlighting A Huge Disadvantage For LGBTQ Long-Term Care Residents. Most long-term care homes don’t even want to know that we exist. And they make our lives difficult. The level of homophobia in long-term care comes, not only from staff but from other residents, is so high it’s frightening.leZlie lee kam friend of Alf Roberts who died June 2 at the Fudger House retirement home in Toronto News ...
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CARE-WATCH Sept 5, 2020:News from the front lines of Long Term Care

Carol's Recent Care Watch Printables Aug 24, 2020 Aug 16, 2020 QUOTABLES: Alberta hasn’t got the formula of success for protecting Seniors in Long Term Care perfect,One on one with Premier Jason Kenney Percentage of seniors (65+) in LTC by province and territory, 2018–2019 Pandemic Experience in the Long-Term Care Sector Report COVID-19 in Alberta CBC NEWS News A “Herd Immunity” Strategy To Combat COVID-19 Could Be A Disaster For Older Adults As we enter The Great Unknown, the second wave of COVID-19, is Canada better prepared than we were before? UNBC nursing student creates video to highlight loneliness, social isolation among adults The Lead: It’s Time to Reimagine Long-Term Care The pandemic forced all of us into crisis mode, but can it help fast track fundamental change in long-term care (LTC) homes and for the people who live there? For over 40 years, the Council on Aging of Ottawa ...
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CARE-WATCH Aug 29, 2020:News from the front lines of Long Term Care

Carol's Recent Care Watch Printables Aug 24, 2020 Aug 16, 2020 QUOTABLES: The outbreaks that led to the most deaths, however, happened at care homes for seniors. The worst outbreak, in terms of deaths, came at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton, where 29 people died, as of Aug. 21 (the death toll now stands at 31). Eighty-two people connected to that outbreak had recovered, and there were still three active cases, as of Friday.Robson Fletcher's work for CBC Calgary focuses on data, analysis and investigative journalism COVID-19 in Alberta CBC NEWS TYPECASESDEATHSAcute Care10613Supportive living31128Long-term care60099COMPLETE LISTING News Five long-term care home residents test positive for COVID-19 in Quebec Families, long-term care facilities struggle through pandemic uncertainty COVID-19: Prof says coronavirus has revealed stigma, neglect of people living with dementia The Lead: Carol Wodak Care Watch The Alberta Continuing Care Association [ACCA] bills itself as “The Recognized Voice for ...
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CARE-WATCH Aug 22, 2020:News from the front lines of Long Term Care

Carol's Recent Printables Aug 24, 2020 Aug 16, 2020 QUOTABLES: Data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) indicates that, as of midnight on 14th July 2020, 79% of all notified deaths from COVID-19 occurred in the over 75 age groups and that deaths in nursing homes (985 cases) represented 56% of total deaths (1,748 cases) in Ireland.GOVT. OF IRELAND COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel FINAL REPORT News 6 questions from parents on Alberta school COVID-19 outbreaks A new federal framework for long-term care in Canada Lawsuit Claims $600M In Damages Against Ontario Long-Term Care Homes The Lead: Red Cross COVID-19 study shows vulnerable seniors in need of more support Results of their four-month COVID-19 study has prompted a call from the Canadian Red Cross for policies and practices that better serve the most vulnerable among Canada’s senior population – both during a pandemic and beyond. The Red Cross study ...
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CARE-WATCH Aug 15, 2020:News from the front line of Long Term Care

Carol's Recent Care Watch Printables Aug 12, 2020 QUOTABLES: As of July 2020, there were 9000 COVID-19 deaths in Canadian long-term care homes. Of those, more than 5600 were in Quebec, and nearly 2800 were in Ontario. British Columbia had less than 200 deaths in LTC facilities No other country has had 81% of their deaths in long-term care populations. Personal support workers in long-term care are the lowest-paid of anyone in the health-care sector, they do part-time work and they work in several facilities which facilitates spread between the facilities. That’s something that British Columbia picked up right away, but there was no transfer of that learning to Quebec and Ontario. News The federal government is granting permanent residency to some asylum seekers who cared for patients in hospitals and long-term care homes at the height of the pandemic last spring, in a one-time program that became more restrictive ...
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CARE-WATCH Aug 8, 2020

Those residents in long term care are literally prisoners. They're being held hostage, they're being denied access to their relatives. I'm not a lawyer. I'm not a professional advocate. I'm not affiliated with any group. I am just a private citizen who knows the system and wants to help.Julie Richard had to navigate her way through Ontario's long-term care system when her "Nana" was in a home. She's also a former volunteer for a Scarborough care facility. Carol's Latest Care Watch Collection Aug 3, 2020 News -Once home to dozens of COVID-19 cases, long-term care facility returning to normal -Group helps to keep seniors at home with their dogs -The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the pressures faced by women caregivers News from the front lines in Seniors' Long Term Care, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta. It was ...
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Mid Week CARE-WATCH Aug 5, 2020

Long-Term Care Today Canadians have for years been turning a blind eye to the state of long-term care homes across the country and ignoring the growing question of how to care for the elderly, says one doctor.Samir Sinha Director of Geriatrics Sinai Health New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JULY 27. 2020JULY 6,2020JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020 Risk Factors Associated ...
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CARE-WATCH Aug 1, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JULY 27. 2020JULY 6,2020JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020 Risk Factors Associated With Mortality Among Residents With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Long-term Care Facilities in Ontario, Canada 18 May 2020 Old money Tortoise Thousands of care home residents are dying from Covid-19, and staff are on minimum wage. But in the ...
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Mid-Week CARE-WATCH JULY 29, 2020

Long-Term Care Today Quotables: I’m angry that the profit motive was brought into our provincial long-term care system, and now private companies are profiting from neglect. I support these healthcare workers, their unions and the elderly people in our communities. We need a better long-term care system now.Sarah Harmer, artist, activist. New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 Main Headline: Nursing homes a 'perfect storm' for COVID-19 in Alberta, nursing expert says New diseases can spread like 'wildfire,' according to a U ...
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CARE-WATCH JULY 25, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JULY 6,2020JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020 Risk Factors Associated With Mortality Among Residents With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Long-term Care Facilities in Ontario, Canada 18 May 2020 Old money Tortoise Thousands of care home residents are dying from Covid-19, and staff are on minimum wage. But in the background, big ...
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CARE-WATCH JULY 18, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JULY 6,2020JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020 Risk Factors Associated With Mortality Among Residents With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Long-term Care Facilities in Ontario, Canada 18 May 2020 Old money Tortoise Thousands of care home residents are dying from Covid-19, and staff are on minimum wage. But in the background, big ...
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CARE-WATCH JULY 11, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JULY 6,2020JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020 18 May 2020 Old money Tortoise Thousands of care home residents are dying from Covid-19, and staff are on minimum wage. But in the background, big profits are being made. Ian Birrell investigates a broken industry Long-Term Care Challenges Europe 2018 CLICK for Carol's complete ...
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CARE-WATCH JULY 4, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JUNE 30, 2020JUNE 29, 2020JUNE 18, 2020JUNE 17, 2020May 31, 2020May 29, 2020May 15, 2020Long-Term CareChallenges Europe 2018 Carol's complete collection of carefully crafted carewatch content Quotes of the Week: “Those older adults deserved a good closing phase of their lives and a good death. We failed them.”Restoring Trust:COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University ...
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CARE-WATCH JUNE 27, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES INDEX (CLICK on Carol's contributed collated collections by date) JUNE 18, 2020 JUNE 17, 2020 May 31, 2020 May 29, 2020 May 15, 2020 Long-Term Care Challenges Europe 2018 Carol's complete collection of carefully crafted carewatch content Quotes of the Week: "I think one of the things that is very clear is our current system of supporting seniors across this country has not worked," Justin Trudeau The UCP is nothing ...
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CARE-WATCH JUNE 20, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 RECENT PRINTABLES PRINTABLES:Carol's complete collection of carefully crafted carewatch content INDEX (Carols's contributed collated collections by date) JUNE 17, 2020 -May 31 2020 care watch.docx -May 15, 2020 -May 29 2020 care watch.docx -Challenges in long-term care in Europe 2018 Quotes of the Week: Until now, long-term care homes were the largest source of COVID-19 cases in the province. Only 26 cases remain in facilities, with more than 708 recovered. There will ...
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CARE-WATCH JUNE 13, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch content RECENT PRINTABLES -May 31 2020 care watch.docx -May 15, 2020 -May 29 2020 care watch.docx -Challenges in long-term care in Europe 2018 Quote of the Week: (from Apr 25, in case you missed it) Right now, we're seeing terrible tragedies in long-term care facilities across the country. This is unacceptable.Justin Trudeau .@DrSamirSinha joined @CTVNews to talk about Ontario's new guidelines on visitors in care homes. He finds ...
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CARE-WATCH JUNE 6, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch content RECENT PRINTABLES -May 31 2020 care watch.docx -May 15, 2020 -May 29 2020 care watch.docx -Challenges in long-term care in Europe 2018 Quote of the Week: Canadians have ‘deluded’ themselves about the state of long-term care. Dr. Samir Sinha Jan Legeros, ED of @LTCAManitoba, asked @_DebSchulte whether some of the $40B set aside for seniors' housing can be used to support the $45B infrastructure gap in the ...
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CARE-WATCH JUNE 3, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch content RECENT PRINTABLES -May 31 2020 care watch.docx -May 15, 2020 -May 29 2020 care watch.docx -Challenges in long-term care in Europe 2018 When a crisis happens - and COVID is a crisis - we typically have to dig very deep internally, and sometimes externally by asking for help. Whether people are under financial strain and are being humbled by the need to skip a payment or ask ...
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CARE-WATCH MAY 30, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' Long Term-Care, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH Providing them money while still allowing multi-million dollar corporations like Revera and Chartwell to run a profit is rewarding them for their failures.The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 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 PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch content Ontario Premier Ford and union head at odds over long-term care inspections Ontario long-term care problems a result of privatization, says union president What B.C. did right in long-term care homes during pandemic This is what privatisation did ...
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CARE-WATCH MAY 24, 2020

Long-Term Care Today New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors' Long Term-Care, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch content What Is Long Term Care, and What Does It Need to Be? Alberta Advantage Podcast · What Is Long Term Care, and What Does It Need to Be? Main Headlines ‘A failed venture’: Unifor president says Canada needs better long-term care system After witnessing the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus on many long-term care homes and its staff, the president of Canada’s largest private sector ...
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CARE-WATCH FOR MAY 23, 2020

New Feature: Weekly News from the front lines in Seniors' Long Term-Care, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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  PRINTABLES:Carol's carefully crafted carewatch (CURRENT) content Strong protection for vulnerable seniors A provincial investment of more than $170 million will help keep residents and staff in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges safe from COVID-19. AB GOVT. MEDIA RELEASE Long-Term Care Today Main Headlines Challenges in long-term care in Europe. A study of national policies 2018 Population ageing is a key common challenge for Member States in the medium- to longer- ...
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United Nurses of Alberta:

In essence the government is rewarding private operators who have diverted public funding to profits instead of paying fair wages and ensuring adequate staffing.UNA President Heather Smith. For those of you who didn't watch the Gov of AB Covid Update today, May 19th, the government took the opportunity to announce their:  "Strong protection for vulnerable seniors" initiative. Link to News Release The announcement was made by the Min of Health , Min of Seniors and  Jennifer McCue the Chair of the Alberta Continuing Care Association(ACCA) Board . The ACCA describes itself on its website as consisting of private and non-profit sector providers of continuing care. The ACCA Board has representation from Age Care, Bethany Care, CovenantCare, Park Place Seniors , Shepherd's Care, Bayshore Home Care, Extendicare and Optima Living . So the government has been working closely with or has been consulting with or has asked for direction from the NON ...
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CARE-WATCH FOR MAY 16, 2020

New Feature: Weekly News from the front lines in Seniors' Long Term-Care Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH 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 Long-Term Care Today For those who may have missed Carol's appearance on Friends of Medicare Webinar "Seniors' care in crisis: COVID-19 & beyond" Main Headlines Why public health measures to stem COVID-19 are the most ethical thing to do Overloading health systems and making doctors decide who lives and who dies in a pandemic is fundamentally unfair, say U of A experts The speed at which people got sick with COVID-19 and overwhelmed ...
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CARE WATCH ONLINE #3

Compiled by Carol Wodak The functions of the Alberta Office of the Seniors Advocate are to: • Provide resolution support to senior Albertans and their families. We do this by providing information and linking you to government and/or community programs and services. • Take note of what we are hearing from individuals. We analyse trends and identify systemic issues. We also actively seek feedback from seniors groups on issues of importance. • Provide policy advice and make recommendations to the Government of Alberta to improve senior services and programs The Alberta Office of the Seniors Advocate is mandated to make recommendations to government for improvements to seniors programs and services. Based on analysis of issues arising from working with seniors, families and caregivers and listening to stakeholders and seniors groups, the Seniors Advocate provides two types of recommendations: 1. Administrative/operations Recommendations Administrative/operational recommendations identify operational issues that, if remedied, may ...
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CARE WATCH ONLINE #2

Compiled by Carol Wodak Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem August 30, 2017 Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released an update report today confirming that caregiver distress is rising in B.C. while supports and services are not keeping pace with growing need. The report, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem, is an update to a 2015 report that indicated 29% of unpaid caregivers are experiencing symptoms of distress such as anger, depression or feelings of not being able to continue with their caregiving duties. Data highlighted in the current report indicate rates of distress have increased by 7% to 31%. Key findings of the report include: • In 2015/16, 31% of clients had a primary caregiver in distress. This is a 7% increase from the 2015 report • Over this period, the actual number of primary caregivers identifying as distressed increased by over 1,000, which represents a 14% increase in the ...
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New Feature: Care Watch Online #1

Compiled by Carol Wodak Montreal man sentenced to two years for killing of Alzheimer's stricken wife Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press Last Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2019 6:26PM EDT MONTREAL -- A Quebec judge said she hopes the voices of caregivers struggling to care for loved ones are heard as she sentenced a Montreal man who suffocated his Alzheimer's-stricken wife with a pillow to two years less a day in jail. Michel Cadotte's killing of Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, in her long-term care bed warranted a strong message, Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo said in a decision rendered late Tuesday. "Whatever the motivation -- and even in the name of compassion -- the gesture must be denounced," Di Salvo said. Read More... A Snapshot of Grandparents in Canada (May 2019 Update) Canada’s grandparents are a diverse group. Many of them contribute greatly to family functioning and well-being in their roles ...
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