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INFORMATION BULLETIN

May 21, 2024

ELDERS TAKE CHARGE –

THE AMBLESIDE MOVEMENT, OTTAWA

As older adults, we can't wait for the Ontario government to get its values and priorities straight and help us to age in place within our communities.  It is time to do what this generation has always done, initiate change ourselves.  

That is exactly what elders in Ambleside in Ottawa are doing, and kudos to them for taking control of their own lives and building their own support system.  

 

This model can be replicated in every community in Ontario if a small group of people decide to change their world.

March 4, 2024

HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS MESS? THE HISTORY OF LONG-TERM CARE “REFORM” IN ONTARIO

Based on Private Interests or the Public Interest? A Critical Examination of the Role of Stakeholder Groups in the Development of a Long-Term Care Policy in Ontario 1989-1994. A doctoral thesis by Patricia Spindel, University of Toronto, 1996 with updated Prologue and Epilogue, 2024

“It is a measure of what has become important in long term care, considering who those with power are in this system, that representatives of government, the service system, and society at large seem more concerned about "beds", than the people in them, and about "units of labour" and "full time equivalents (FTE's)", than about the people who provide care on a daily basis to those who are old, sick, disabled, and dying. It is also perhaps, a measure of what we all do not want to face as human beings, that we talk about case mix indexes (CMI's) rather than about who lives in long term care facilities, what they need, and what their experiences of their lives are. By medicalizing the natural process of aging, and by institutionalizing it, we may believe that we can somehow control it, or at least if that fails, divorce ourselves from it. As long as we tuck aging, disability, and death into institutions, out of sight, out of mind, we may believe that we can continue to deny its existence in our own lives.” (Pg. 2, 1996)

INFORMATION BULLETIN

January 15, 2024

CASH FOR CARE, MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON.        WHO CARES WHAT THEY CALL IT?

Here is a happy thought to start off the new year. 

 

Some of the lead researchers in Canada have heard us loud and clear about the need to have money follow the person, not be tied to service providers.  In the U.S. it is predictably called Money Follows the Person (Medicaid, n.d.).  In other places in the world it is called Cash for Care. 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

January 2, 2024

STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS SUPPORTING LOVED ONES WITH DEMENTIA AND OTHER COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

 

For too long we, in Canada, have simply accepted a tragedy narrative about dementia and other cognitive disabilities.  We see those who have them as a burden requiring care, and institutionalize them in the thousands.  Dementia is one of the least understood conditions, in spite of its prevalence. 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

December 7, 2023

ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS

 

This Bulletin is intended to address the significant interest of Seniors for Social Action Ontario’s membership in Ontario Health Teams – what they are intended to do, how they relate to home care (HCCSS), and how members can find more information about them.

IS HOME CARE WORKING IN ONTARIO?

A REVIEW OF HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

Over the past three and a half years Seniors for Social Action Ontario's leadership has been hearing from members about their difficulty in accessing appropriate levels of Home Care.  For many, this has caused anxiety and despair, with some considering Medical Assistance in  Dying (MAiD) because of this lack of support.  This is what has led SSAO to undertake research for this report.

Hours of volunteer work went into the preparation of this report.  Please take the time to read the full report and consider sharing it with your MPs and MPPs.  

 

Below are the links to both the Executive Summary and Full Report:

 

SYSTEMIC AND INTERNALIZED AGEISM
ABANDONMENT, REJECTION, STIGMATIZATION, SEGREGATION, EXCLUSION, AND BEING IGNORED

 

Ageism has become an epidemic in Canada and it is having an extremely debilitating effect on the mental and physical health of older adults.

This Brief to Federal and Provincial Minist
ers responsible for aging policies reflects the voices of elders themselves.  It is Seniors for Social Action Ontario's hope that the policy makers will finally listen.

 

HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE SUPPORT SERVICES (HCCSS) CLIENT SURVEY REPORT

September 2023

To date there have been no independent reports available from HCCSS service users' perspectives.  This represents the first survey report conducted independently of HCCSS or the Home Care industry in Ontario that elevates the voices of service users and their families.

A more comprehensive research report is currently being prepared, but these survey results provide a glimpse of a home care system that is struggling with inadequate funding and resources from the Ministry of Health and Province of Ontario.  This is having a negative effect on service users.

 

A Freedom of Information request has been filed with the Ministry of Health asking for specific information concerning HCCSS's budget and how the promised $1 billion in additional funds for Home Care have been spent.

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FINAL RESEARCH REPORT - COLLABORATION BETWEEN HUMBER COLLEGE AND SSAO

April 20, 2023

This past year Seniors for Social Action Ontario (SSAO) collaborated with Humber College's Degree Program in Community Development on research seeking SSAO members' views about what supports and services they thought were necessary to help them to age in place.

SSAO is very happy to share with you the research report documenting the students' work.  We want to thank Lisa Post and Alexa Christopoulos for their hard work and dedication, and for so accurately capturing the views of SSAO members.

 

    

 

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Blue Zones and Healthy Aging 

John Lord

This article appeared in the Waterloo Region Record on March 1, 2023.

March 6, 2023

 

 

TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS

 

COMMUNITY CREATIVITY AND

RESILIENCE IN ACTION:  

 

THE MOUNT COMMUNITY CENTRE, PETERBOROUGH

 

February 13, 2023

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

January 23, 2023

THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION - SURVIVOR’S STORIES

 

In May of 2021, SSAO distributed an editorial on Creating Change in an Entrenched Long-Term Care System: Lessons From the Past (SSAO, 2021).  It details that where we are now with the mass institutionalization of elders is exactly where we were in 1971 with the mass institutionalization of people with developmental disabilities. 

 

Except that things are even worse now.

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​Research Bulletin

A Changed Role for PSWs:

Enter Community Care Workers

 

January 2, 2023

 

 

TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS

 

HEALTH CARE CO-OPS – IS IT TIME?

 

December 5, 2022

 

 

LINKING RESEARCH TO POLICY AND PRACTICE

 

DOING WITH OR DOING FOR? REABLEMENT AS AN OLDER ADULTS’ EMPOWERMENT STRATEGY

 

November 21, 2022

 

RESEARCH REPORT

 

LONG TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN WHO HELPS RESIDENTS RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY

 

October 20, 2022

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

September 16, 2022

IMPACT OF BILL 7

 

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the Toronto Star reported on Bill 7’s possible impact.  There are several important takeaways in the article.

The first is the widespread fear the Ford government’s actions are causing. There is a perception among old, sick people and their families that this government has weaponized hospitals to take action against them if they or their families dare to resist or speak out. Sue, the subject of the Star’s report, asked that her last name be kept private over “fear of repercussions for speaking out on the new legislation…”

INFORMATION BULLETIN

August 22, 2022

 

ONTARIO INTRODUCES A BILL THAT REMOVES INDIVIDUALS' RIGHTS TO CONSENT TO ADMISSION TO A LONG TERM CARE INSTITUTION AND THEIR RIGHT TO CONSENT TO THE TRANSFER OF THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION

PRECEDENT!

 

Federal Government Partners with City Of Toronto to Create Staffed 24/7 Housing and Support for People at Risk of Homelessness Including Older Adults

 

July 28, 2022

 

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TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS

 

CO-HOUSING OR SHARED OWNERSHIP –

ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE TO INSTITUTIONS

 

July 11, 2022

 

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TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS

 

CARE CO-OPERATIVES – A BETTER APPROACH TO CARING FOR EACH OTHER

 

July 4, 2022

 

HOW LOCAL COUNCILORS CAN ACT TO PROMOTE ALTERNATIVES
TO INSTITUTIONS

THE EXAMPLE OF PACE, BURLINGTON

 

June 20, 2022

 

POLICY AND PLANNING BRIEF
TO
PORT HOPE COUNCIL

October 25, 2021

Posted: June 23, 2022

 

A RESIDENTIAL ALTERNATIVE TO INSTITUTIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

June 13, 2022

Social Task Shifting:

What’s different about directly-funded home care?

 

Christine Kelly

June 10, 2022

Hospice Palliative Care:

Key Component of Comprehensive Elder Care

 

June 5, 2022

Enhancing HomeCare:

  Enabling a Full Life in Community

 

Linda Till

​March 15, 2022

AGING WELL WITH "NATURAL SUPPORTS"

John Lord

​March 8, 2022

Information Bulletin 

 

COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE:

PERSON-DIRECTED SERVICES TO KEEP PEOPLE AT HOME

​March 1, 2022

 

DEMENTIA VILLAGES: 

A NEW TYPE OF INSTITUTION?

​February 15, 2022

​Research, Evidence, and Elder Care Reform

 

John Lord

January 27, 2022

 

Pervasive Ageism and Bias Toward

Older Adults in the Healthcare System

Emma Rowland

December 20, 2021

 

Direct Funding Can Enhance Home Care for Elders

John Lord

December 7, 2021

 

RESEARCH REPORT –

MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON

​NOVEMBER 18, 2021

 

Eldercare Reform –

A Provincial Election Priority

​NOVEMBER 4, 2021

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