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Geriatric Assessments by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Thu 12 Nov 2009 10:03pm Smart geriatric assessment and case managers interview care recipients separately from caregivers in order to get a better perspective on a case. This provides more information than an ailing senior may want to share. Many families and seniors appear to be in denial. When a senior keeps getting lost on the way home, he or she is putting everyone ... Read on »
Geriatric Assessment by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Thu 12 Nov 2009 10:03pm The absolute need forgeriatric assessments is documented. Seniors are at great risk for falls and hip fractures, which result in needless hospitalizations. There are many uses for such tests, including weeding out drivers who should no longer be on the road. We test and assess babies for noral development, surely we should be determining if ... Read on »
Ask TCV – How do I get my aunt with dementia assessed? by Brenda Avadian Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Mon 14 Jan 2013 11:23am Long-distance Caregiver in Ontario, Canada asks: How do I go about having my 93-year old aunt with dementia assessed? She does not want to leave her home. Yet, her neighbors (who referred us to you) have been assisting her with day to day living. My aunt has no family in the United States and lives alone. My brother and I visited her ... Read on »
Senior Care and the news by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Thu 17 Jun 2010 12:00am  I truly have to laugh at the 'if it bleeds, it leads' philosophy.  Some in My Muskoka complain that retirees are taking up bed spaces in long-term care. (We won't call it a 'nursing home' in Ontario anymore!) I gave a couple of presentations at the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Conference last week. Held in Casino Ra ... Read on »
ADL & IADL by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Dec 2008 3:17am ADL: Activities of Daily Living: To differentiate these from IADL: These activities must be performed in a timely fashion. • Bathing • Grooming • Dressing (and undressing) • Eating • Transferring from bed to (wheel)chair, and back • Mobility • Bladder and bowel cont ... Read on »
Elder Abuse - What Is It? How Should Professionals in the Field and Others Respond? by Ageless Elder Care Management Posted Tue 23 Jun 2009 6:55pm They call it a silent problem. The act by a person who stands in a trust relationship resulting in the harm of the health and welfare of an older adult. Its name is elder abuse and estimates show that it affects up to 10 percent of adults age 65 years of age or older. Some say that for every case reported, at least five cases go unreported! On ... Read on »
Book References by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Thu 01 Jul 2010 12:00am These are all of the books and journal articles I read in preparation for caring for my father, as well as writing my book. Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACEL) and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). 2005. Every Resident: LTC Bill of Rights. Retrieved February 28, 2008, from www.cleo.on.ca/english/pub/onpub/PDF/seniors/everyres ... Read on »
15 diagnostic criteria for dementia by Brenda Avadian Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Tue 07 Jan 2014 8:07am Over the last two decades, we’ve grown more aware of dementia, causes, and symptoms. Yet, families’ lives are turned upside down when a well-intentioned doctor hastily diagnoses a loved one’s condition as dementia. Before we overview 15 diagnostic criteria used by medical professionals, some caveats are in order. Over the years, I’ve ... Read on »
LTC situation in Ontario by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Thu 12 Nov 2009 10:03pm I was asked by a journalist about the state of LTC in Ontario. We are expecting a report in March on this issue (see references below). What is appalling is that hospital and LTC spend $18 billion of our tax dollars in the MUSH sector: municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals which includes: LHINs, LTC, Health Care & Children's Aid T ... Read on »
LTC situation in Ontario by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted Tue 03 Feb 2009 12:47am I was asked by a journalist about the state of LTC in Ontario. We are expecting a report in March on this issue (see references below). What is appalling is that hospital and LTC spend $18 billion of our tax dollars in the MUSH sector: municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals which includes: LHINs, LTC, Health Care & Children's Aid TPA ... Read on »