National strategy needed to deal with growing number of patients, CMA president says
BY ERIN ELLIS, VANCOUVER SUN – MAY 26, 2014
The rising tide of dementia patients is destabilizing hospital care in Canada, the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association told a health conference in Whistler Monday.
“The reason your father has to wait nine months for a hip replacement is that the beds are being used by dementia patients,” said Dr. Chris Simpson, a cardiologist based in Kingston, Ont. “That is the single biggest reason why elective surgery wait times are so long.”
Keeping patients in bed is debilitating, she says
BY ERIN ELLIS, VANCOUVER SUN MAY 27, 2014
B.C.’s new seniors’ advocate says ageism contributes to older patients languishing in hospital where they quickly deteriorate.
“Mobilization or lack of mobilization for people in acute care settings is profound and something we’re not paying enough attention to,” Isobel Mackenzie told the closing session of the BC Care Providers Association in Whistler on Tuesday.
By Paula Baker Global News
Senior citizens being intimate or having sex. It’s a scenario that’s an uncomfortable thought for some people and even more so when you consider one or both may have some form of dementia.
But it is a scenario that’s more common than not, and the issue is one that B.C. care homes are facing as the baby boomer generation ages.
The Ministry of Health has ordered a detailed review of about 35 seniors’ residences in B.C. that have either no automatic sprinklers or only a partial system to prevent fires…Lake announced the review Friday following a meeting last week involving his staff, the B.C. Care Providers’ Association, building experts, the fire commissioner’s office and other safety officials… Read more here.