Nursing Home Press Releases

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Is Anti Psychotic Drug Use Soaring in our Nursing Homes?

Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Originally posted April, 2014. The Toronto Star Reports in an article here: Toronto Star Article that the use of very potent and powerful antipsychotic drugs are becoming commonplace in Ontario nursing homes.  This is concerning to us at NursingHomeRatings on a number of levels.   First, atypical antipsychotic medication among those with dementia has been shown to increase the risk of death by as much as 60%.  Second, according to the Toronto Star article above,… Read More.

Nursing Homes for Dogs?

Posted on Thu, July 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  Japan has an aging population, but this will undoubtedly strike many as excessive:  nursing homes for pets?  Yes, it's true.  For the sizable sum of about $1,040 Cdn./mth. and up, dogs in Japan can find themselves in new, cozy surroundings complete with medical care, hair salons, and high end bedding.   It may be hard to believe, but you can read all about it from Standard Digital News by clicking this link: Nursing Homes… Read More.

PM Harper Announces Research Projects for Autism and Alzheimer Prevention

Posted on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Introduction Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that our Government will be supporting five new research projects in the areas of Alzheimer prevention and Autism under its Canada Brain Research Fund.  He also announced additional federal funding towards the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program, a key component of the Fund.  Prime Minister Harper was joined by members of the Brain Canada Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon Family, who are partnering in these initiatives through… Read More.

Alberta Nursing Home Care Costs Increase

Posted on Thu, January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

The following are portions of a Press Release from the Health Ministry, Alberta Government. The Alberta government will continue to assist eligible low-income residents when maximum accommodation charges in long-term care settings rise on January 1, 2013. By increasing financial assistance through the Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) programs, the government will offset a five per cent, or $2.80 per day increase, for recipients of those programs. Alberta`s… Read More.

Swedish Music Therapy finding its way into Japanese Nursing Homes

Posted on Tue, January 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  The Japan Times reports that Swedish Music Therapy, designed by Sten Bunne in 1980, is allowing elderly residents to play music.  The therapy has reportedly proved to be very effective among the elderly, including those with dementia, as it allows just about every age group and ability level to play chords and music using easy-to-play instruments. Since 2009, about 50 homes in Japan have adopted Bunne's method.  In Sweden, about 1,500 facilities are currently… Read More.

Cold Weather Freezes Pipe and Causes Flooding at Tillsonburg Home ...

Posted on Mon, January 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm

  The recent cold weather in Ontario and much of the Northeast was dangerous for the general populace, but extremely so for seniors and the most vulnerable in our society.  It wasn't surprising to learn of frozen pipes, including a 1.5 inch frozen sprinkler pipe which burst at the Woodingford Lodge Long-Term Care Home in Tillsonburg, Ontario.  The subsequent flood will keep residents out for about two weeks, despite only localized damage.  The Woodingford has… Read More.

Nursing Home Violence: A Growing Concern?

Posted on Wed, November 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The Toronto Star is reporting that as many as 11% of nursing home residents in Ontario are classified as ``aggressive``, a very worrisome statistic.  The report is based on new research by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS).  The CEO, Donna Rubin, is quoted as saying that the percentage is certain to grow higher as homes take in more seniors with complex issues.  Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy… Read More.

Peanut Butter: A New Detection Method for Alzheimers?

Posted on Fri, November 8, 2013 at 3:36 am

  Widely followed health practioner Dr. Mercola from the United States shares an interesting technique in detecting Alzheimer`s disease (projected to affect as many as one in four Americans in the next 20 years - no question a similar percentage of Canadians if we could extrapolate the findings) .  The ``peanut butter test`` involves testing the sense of smell in the left nostril since the sense of smell is linked the first cranial nerve and… Read More.

Adopt-a-granny Program Begins in Siberia

Posted on Mon, October 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

News out of Siberia today introduces us to the second unique method of caring for the elderly in a less than a week.  Last week we learned of a new trial Dutch system that requires requires friends and family members of residents in a home to ``volunteer`` for four hours each month.   Today we learn of a new program in Siberia being called simply ``Adopt-A-Granny``.  In the Omsk region of Russia alone there are… Read More.

The Netherlands Tries a New Model for Sharing Elderly Care Burden

Posted on Fri, October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands envisions a ``society of participation`` for his country which would share the burden and alleviate some of the strain on his country`s generous welfare state.  This model is being employed in a small retirement home outside the city of Gouda.  Here, a person can only get a room if their family, friend, or relative also committ to helping the home and wellbeing of residents by sharing their own… Read More.

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