The Toronto Home Care Digest for October 4, 2013
Posted by Steve Jones
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FROM OUR BLOG…
These days, many elders prefer to live in their own home and do things
for themselves. Unfortunately, circumstances change slowly over time so
that they are not even aware that they have become unable to take care
of themselves as they use to.
How do you talk to your loved one about taking away the car keys, hiring
a personal support worker, changing their diet, or any tough topic? The
outcome of the conversation is in the approach you use.
About 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Nearly 90%
of these have Type 2 Diabetes, a preventable but growing disease. While
having it’s own complications, having diabetes also raises the risk for
stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and impotence.
FROM AROUND THE WEB…
Ontario is expanding an innovative program for complex care patients, ensuring
better patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and fewer emergency room
visits. Over 1,000 patients at St. Joseph’s Health System will benefit
from the Integrated Comprehensive Care Project, including those with lung
cancer, joint replacement and chronic disease (COPD).
More than half the people in Ontario who reported they had major depression
did not use physician-based mental health services in the following year,
according to a new paper based on OHIP data from the Institute for Clinical
Evaluative Sciences. Estimates claim that up to one in four people suffer
at some point in their lives from depression, which reduces quality of
life and is associated with increased disability and lower productivity at work.
It’s time to talk about assisted suicide: Ontario health minister
Ontario’s health minister says it’s time for Canadians and their leaders
to talk about assisted suicide, but the federal Conservatives are making
it clear that they have no intention of reopening that emotionally charged
debate. “We have no desire to reintroduce legislation that would
open this issue up,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday.