There needs to be a clear understanding that those with cognitive impairment are not the people they once were – and their families and caregivers especially need to be cognizant of this.
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People working in the long-term care sector deal with a wide range of “philosophical puzzles” every day that require judgement calls on ethics and values – but those values aren’t always clear.
Ontario’s long-term care sector and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have a strong working relationship, but it’s crucial to have discussions about issues such as regulations to ensure the best possible experience for residents, says Patrick McCarthy.
Pleasant Meadow Manor life enrichment co-ordinator Chris Garden has been working in long-term for 19 years. In that time, she’s worked with scores of residents affected with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She’s also seeing younger people in their 50s diagnosed with dementia.
At a recent family council meeting at Burnbrae Gardens, residents’ families looked into ways to address their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease.
An outbreak may have changed Streamway Villa’s plans to fundraise for the Alzheimer Society of Canada this month but it was not a deterrent.
Burnbrae Gardens, like many Ontario long-term care homes, has struggled to maintain a family council. But when administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux recently changed the wording in a recent invite to a family council meeting, she was surprised by the interest it garnered.
Patrick McCarthy says curiosity about ways to improve quality measures for residents in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes is embedded in the organization’s culture.
Long-term care providers and the provincial government share a goal: to enhance the experience of people living in Ontario’s more than 600 long-term care homes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 72 per cent of the people affected by the condition are women.
OMNI Health Care
2020 Fisher Drive, Suite 1
Peterborough ON K9J 6X6
Telephone: 705 748-6631
Facsimile: 705 742-9197