Nursing Home Press Releases

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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.

RBC Poll Suggests Retirees Want to Stay at Home

Posted on Fri, October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

In a short, but insightful, poll commissioned by RBC, the bank discovered that retirees would far rather stay in their own home and pay for home care than move in with family or into a retirement residence.  According to the poll the three key triggers that lead to a move are: 1.  Health changes 2.  Downsizing 3.  Death of a partner For RBC`s news release, copy and paste this link into your browser (do not… Read More.

``Who Cares?`` CBC Launches New Series

Posted on Thu, October 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  The CBC launched Part 1 of their investigational series ``Who Cares?`` on October 7th, 2013.  The series includes a look into the long-term care needs of residents in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the staffing required to meet them.  The opening series points out that many seniors are entering long-term care homes with more complex needs and that there is a chronic shortage of workers necessary to take care of residents.  For example, Ontario`s Long… Read More.

Head Injuries and Falls Among Seniors ...

Posted on Tue, October 8, 2013 at 3:31 am

We have seen considerable press in the last week about seniors and falls.  On the weekend, it was reported that Dr. Howard Fink had linked stressful life events and falls among male seniors.  Today, we learn from several sites, including the CBC, that researchers at Simon Fraser University (who studied falls on video) have found a close connection between falls and tramautic brain injury.  This is not terribly surprising research when you consider the often… Read More.

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