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Frail elderly “failed by care deserts”

BBC News, Nick Triggle

The system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart, with what are being dubbed “care deserts” emerging, a charity says. An analysis carried out for Age UK indicates about 30% of areas now have no residential care beds. The situation is even worse for nursing homes – needed for the most frail – with more than 60% having no places. Recruiting staff and keeping services running were proving a real challenge some areas, the charity said. Age UK believes the situation is now so bad that about 1.4 million older people are not getting the care they need – nearly one in seven of the over-65 population. Ruthe Isden, from Age UK, said: “The system is failing people – and that is having catastrophic consequences.” The government has promised plans to reform the care system will be put forward soon.

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With a looming aging crisis, who is helping the caregivers?

The Globe and Mail, Zosia Bielski

Elder care leaves families stressed, exhausted and looking for help, a challenge particularly felt by women. A patchwork of hospital programs, government supports and online communities shows a way forward. Nearly half the population has cared for an aging, ill or disabled family member or friend at some point, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. Informal caregivers contributed $26-billion in free labour to the health-care system annually, a 2009 study found. More than half of Canadian carers nursed a loved one for more than four years and many of them faced substantial out-of-pocket expenses while struggling in their careers: 43 per cent missed work, 15 per cent cut down their hours and 10 per cent passed up a promotion or new job, according to Statistics Canada. Women particularly face this challenge, since more of the daily tasks of giving care still fall to them

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Jarring photo of elderly woman slumped over pillow in Ohio nursing home sparks investigation

Sia Nyorkor, Reporter, Cleveland 19 News, UK

Julia Wiggins, the family’s pastor, posted these photos to Facebook on Feb. 19. The woman pictured is 80-year-old Esther Brown, a resident of Altercare Nobles Pond in Canton. Her son, James Brown, said they have filed a complaint with the facility about the care his mother is receiving. Cleveland 19 News reporter Sia Nyorkor spoke to Beverly Laubert, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman with the Ohio Department of Aging regarding the allegations. The department advocates for people receiving nursing home care, home care and assisted living.

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http://www.cleveland19.com/2019/02/21/jarring-photo-elderly-woman-slumped-over-pillow-canton-nursing-home-sparks-investigation/

Crying out for care

Marketplace, CBC, featuring David Common
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As a continuation of its two-year investigation, the CBC’s Marketplace goes undercover in this episode to see what life is really like for our loved ones inside long-term care facilities. The program follows one daughter who installed a hidden camera in her mother’s room, and uncovered the truth about how her mother really died. The CBC’s hidden camera investigation concluded that these facilities are still understaffed and its front line workers are overworked. Although Premier Ford recently  announced that the Ontario Government will add 15,000 new beds for long-term care over the next five years, 30,000 in ten years, he did not elaborate on who will care for those new beds in facilities where family members find the conditions unacceptable, and staff workers continue to be set up to fail. At this press conference, newly appointed health minister, Christine Elliott, said that she takes the concerns of all front line workers very seriously, and she added that her department is conducting a human resource review.

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Ontario drafting plans to create super agency to run health care

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Ontario needs a more centralized and integrated health-care system as it copes with growing demographic challenges, a premier’s council charged with ending hallway medicine says in its first report. The initial report from the council headed by retired hospital CEO Dr. Reuben Devlin was released Thursday. It doesn’t contain specific recommendations, but sketches a future of health care in Ontario that likely does not include the current regionalized system of LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks), that is leaner and that is centrally controlled.

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https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/premiers-council-sets-stage-for-more-centralized-leaner-health-care-in-ontario

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