The Toronto Home Care Digest for September 6, 2013
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FROM OUR BLOG…
Not remembering the little things is a normal part of aging. What isn’t normal is when forgetting becomes an everyday occurrence or when losing things turns into unintentional neglect. This is when the need to seek dementia and Alzheimer’s care becomes crucial. Talk to your health care provider about dementia and Alzheimer’s care if your loved one shows repeated instances of these signs of memory loss.
Watching your parent decline from worsening dementia is heartbreaking. Alzheimers is one of about fifty varieties of dementia, and depending upon the type of dementia and the area of damage in the brain, you will see a variety of symptoms and changes.
No one should have to wait for health care. For our senior loved ones, waiting for Ontario health services can mean the difference between full recovery or not. There is good news, though, for Ontarians.
FROM AROUND THE WEB…
Ontario will inspect health-care facilities during a province-wide blitz this fall checking for hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Health-care workers take care of our loved ones and we all have a role in helping prevent MSDs at work. These blitzes are a key part of ensuring every worker in Ontarios health care sector return home each day, safe and sound, said Yasir Naqvi, minister of labour.
CMA poll finds golden years filled with anxiety
Home and community care should be a priority in seniors’ health care, given the “real” and “well-founded” anxiety Canadians have facing their golden years, a poll for the Canadian Medical Association suggests. Ipsos Reid conducted the annual poll as part of the medical group’s national report card on health issues, with a focus on the retirement years. The medical association’s annual convention is underway in Calgary and runs through Wednesday.
Cancer care continues to improve for London area patients, thanks to targeted initiatives being led by the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) focused on reducing non-urgent cancer surgery wait times. As of July, 95 per cent of non-urgent cancer surgeries are being performed within provincial access targets at London Health Sciences Centre. Non-urgent cancer surgery wait times at London Health Sciences Centre have decreased by 34 days since the fall of 2009, improving from a 109 day wait to 75 days today.