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Overmedicating Nursing Home Residents

Posted on Thu, March 24, 2011 at 2:54 am

A study based in the United States found that many nursing home residents were prescribed unnecessary antibiotics for a suspected Urinary Tract Infection.  This study begs a more general question:  Are nursing home residents overmedicated?  I believe that many physicians who care for nursing home residents are less focused on rehabilitating residents and more focused on treating symptoms  The long-term result  of this practice is that residents never stop taking medication.  Each nursing home`s pharmaceutical company… Read More.

Elder Abuse

Posted on Thu, March 17, 2011 at 2:55 am

I will never understand why, or how, someone can abuse anyone, but especially someone who is vulnerable, such as an elderly person.  Older adults are supposed to be respected, not abused.  But elder abuse is a sad reality.  According to Statistics Canada, in 2005 there were 160 violent cases for every 100,000 seniors.  The reported cases of abuse against seniors increased by 20% from 1998 to 2005.   More often than not, the abuser is the adult child.  Older adults… Read More.

Three Political Parties and their Plans for Seniors ....

Posted on Mon, November 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

The Three Main Political Parties have proposed policies that would impact Seniors in Canada.  Here is a snapshot of their plans:   Liberal’s Proposal for Home-Care: Michael Ignatieff pledged $1 billion to help family members care for their aging parents – the Liberal Family Care Plan.  As per their website,, the plan includes: A new six-month Family Care Employment Insurance Benefit similar to the EI parental leave benefit, so that more Canadians can care… Read More.

Involve Residents In Decision Making ...

Posted on Mon, November 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Many visitors, indeed most people, forget that nursing homes are not merely institutions, but homes to the residents who reside there.  A great majority will spend the rest of their lives in their new ``home``.  Calling a place ‘home’ implies that you are able to make decisions that affect your environment, decisions which in turn provide great satisfaction and comfort to home owners.  A home owner can choose the type of fabric to cover windows,… Read More.

Beware of Phone Scam Targeting Older Adults

Posted on Mon, October 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

This is just a quick advisory bulletin to all seniors, their family members, and their friends, to be aware of a phone scam that is targeting older adults.  Someone claiming to be a grandchild calls an older adult.  They do not give their name, instead saying something like, `Hello, grandma, this is your grandson`, to which the older adult replies, `Jason?`  (now the scammer knows the grandchild`s name).  The scammer then alleges that they are… Read More.

Caregiving - Give Them The Help They Need

Posted on Thu, September 9, 2010 at 12:46 am

Slowly, more and more people are drawing attention to the issue of informal caregiving.  Caregiving is a thankless job, not to mention the fact that it is emotionally and physically draining.  There is a very interesting article by Carol Goar in the Toronto Star today that discusses this very issue.    Here is the link to the article:   Read More.

Aging Solutions - Stay at Home. Stay Independent.

Posted on Sat, August 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of older adults express a strong desire to continue aging in the own home.  They  spent years decorating their home so that the house reflects their personality.  They have worked hard for many years to pay off the mortgage and be rid of these monthly payments.  They have full control over who comes over to visit, when the visitors come over, and the length of the visit.   A home is… Read More.

Nursing Shortgage to Worsen: How this Affects Nursing Homes

Posted on Mon, July 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

As you watch the news and read your morning newspaper, you are no doubt becoming increasingly aware of the fact that there is a nationwide and global nursing shortage.  According to a 2002 Canadian Nurses Association survey, if utilization patterns remain the same, we can expect a shortage of 78,000 registered nurses in 2011, and 113,000 in 2016. As you consider the impending nursing shortage and its implications, most people are inclined to think only… Read More.

Can a Nursing Home Be Like the Garden of Eden?

Posted on Mon, July 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm

If you ask the founder of the ‘Eden Alternative’, Dr. William H. Thomas, he would offer a resounding ‘yes’.  But he would carefully qualify that with a big ‘if’: if and only if nursing homes make fundamental changes to the way they provide care.   He suggests that we must shift our focus from the medical model, to a holistic approach in which we view and support the whole person (psychological, mental, social, and physiological).  Such… Read More.

Canadian Nursing Homes overuse `Restraints`

Posted on Fri, March 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

In a recent article in the National Post, we learned that while almost 30% of those in nursing homes and chronic care hospitals in Canada are restrained with, among other items, bed rails, lap trays, and lap belts, only 9% are so burdened in the United States, and just 6% in Switzerland. Although the rate has fallen in Canada from 40% in 1999 and we are moving in the right direction, the usage is still… Read More.

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