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Jennifer J. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I am a retired teacher and author of Living and Dying With Dignity: A daughter's journey through long-term care.  I helped my mother, who died of cancer in her home. My father, who succumbed to a brain tumour, passed away in Long-Term Care.  I have a B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. in... Full Bio
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What is the purpose of long-term care? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Most of Ontario's LTC homes are for-profit institutions. When senior advocates call for changes and improvements to LTC, they fail to realize that most of these institution ... Read on »
Tweed calls in RCMP for supervision; pot is seized by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Just when we thought healthcare, and the feds, were moving into the new millennium... Tweed has a licence to grow, and plans to help those who use pot. Unfortunately ... Read on »
Canada has a crisis in nurse staffing by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Excellent article... Media keeps reporting that 'the system is broken'. It's not. We are short-staffed and the stress is killing the profession. Media-bashing of ... Read on »
Is this elder abuse or plain fraud? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health This senior hired a personal support worker. She took over the woman's life. She, and her family (husband, 2 kids) moved in with the victim, placing her in a small bedroom. ... Read on »
Medical Marijuana in Canada: typical government bureaucracy by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health As mall owners and stock holders have allowed big box stores to dominate the market, small family businesses are going bankrupt. This is the same, growers warn, of the smal ... Read on »
Medical Marijuana Factory YouTube Tour by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Tweed is a new producer of medical marijuana. They have taken over a Smiths Falls Factory, what was the Hershey Factory, since it's been abandoned and production has mov ... Read on »
Is the incidence of Alzheimer disease decreasing? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health New Insights into the Dementia Epidemic Described in the early 1980s as "The Silent Epidemic," dementia in the elderly will soon become a clarion call for public healt ... Read on »
Polysporin shortage in Canada by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Eye drop shortage leaves patients scrambling, pharmacists ... globalnews.ca/news/1002224/patients-feel-effects-of-eye-drop-shortage/‎ ... Read on »
Should I have chemotherapy? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Leave it to the journalists to create this obtuse title. They should write: Palliative patient's receiving chemo end-of-life wished overlooked The other mistake they make is ... Read on »
How much does your hospital stay cost? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health The Canadian Institute for Health Information has a fabulous website where you can compare costs by province, or individual city hospitals. How well Canadian hospitals are ... Read on »
Tumour staging by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Before surgery to remove the primary tumor, the staging is only presumptive. The exact degree of spread is often impossible to determine until the pathologist examines the s ... Read on »
Home Care costs –how do we measure them? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Investing wisely in homecare critical to delivering quality care and effectively managing the system says SEIU Healthcare in its Ontario pre-budget submission Homeca ... Read on »
Neuropathic pain: the case for medical marijuana by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I'm in favour of it I have a friend who would benefit from medical marijuana.  Michele  was able to access it in B.C., swollen legs, chron ... Read on »
PART XX: Follow-up, post-op care by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health It's been a tough time. We logged over 2000km on the car: 12 trips of 85 km to the city hospital. Social and emotional stress abounds, as we change up our r ... Read on »
The first ever “dementia dogs” have been working with their new owners by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health BBC News - First dementia dogs start work with owners by  Eleanor Bradford for BBC News: The dogs have been trained to help people with early-stage dementia and c ... Read on »
Crowded Ontario Hospitals by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Reporting data is a tricky thing. Apparently mistakes have been made. Our local hospital: Smiths Falls/Perth: 81 beds, at 80% capacity. Ottawa Hospital, a teaching h ... Read on »
What is wrong with LTC? Minister Deb Matthews says we can fix it with 75 NPs! by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Leave it to the government to only appear to have solutions. Yes. Ontario is getting 75 more NPs, to Dying in a retirement home,they assured the family they were able to p ... Read on »
The medicalisation of grief – necessary for Prolonged Grief by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM)-IV  I first came across this manual when working on my M.A. in counselling. There is a new one out (DSM– ... Read on »
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors Taking notes One in seven Medicare patients in hospitals experience a medical error. But medical error ... Read on »
Pushed out of hospital, abandoned at home, elderly and frail neglected? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Mary Cook, Press Conference Reporter: Desmond Devoy takes notes! I attended a press conference, held by Mary Cook, and jointly sponsored by the OCHU and the Ontario Assoc ... Read on »