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Canada's Largest Gathering of Long-Term Care and Retirement Professionals: April 5th and 6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Posted on Thu, February 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

  Over 1,200 delegates and 300 exhibitors will gather this Spring at Toronto's Metro Convention Centre for Canada's largest gathering of long-term care and retirement professionals.  Keynote speakers include Margaret Trudeau and Michael Kerr.   Sessions will include topics such as Innovative Care and Service Models, Senior Communities in Canada, Putting the Freeze on Food Costs, and Memory Care in Retirement Communities. For more information on this event, please visit here: Long-term Care and Retirement… Read More.


Ontario Long-Term Care Association Calls for More Staffing and Investment in Senior Homes

Posted on Thu, February 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

  The Ontario Long Term Care Association, the largest association of long-term care providers in Ontario, is calling for more staff and funding for Ontario's long-term care homes.  The CEO of the OLTCA, Candace Chartier, recently addressed the Economic Club of Canada and noted that government funding has not kept pace with the needs of Ontario's elderly.  She is asking the province to modernize homes, allocate additional resources to small town and rural homes, and… Read More.


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.


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