Over the past 15 years the Toronto Star and other Ontario newspapers have written many stories about life in long-term care homes. Yes there are good stories to be told, but what we remember are those stories about neglect, abuse, urine-soaked sheets, loneliness or angry, aggressive incidents.
There is no-one among us that doesn’t abhor reading these awful stories and wonder how we are letting these incidents happen; regrettably it has taken the pandemic to bring the seriousness of the long-term care home situation to the forefront.
Most of the staff are trying their very best to deliver care according to what is expected of them. But is this the problem? “Is keeping our elderly clean, fed and safely tucked away” the best way to provide a quality of life?
In a recent article in the Toronto Star, we read stories about residents who live in LTC homes which have undergone transformative culture change. There is Inga who asks for a piece of toast, butters it and shares it with another resident. Or the Professor who is known for his crankiness, who starts to cry when hymns and wartime songs are played on the piano. And then all of a sudden, begins singing the words to these songs! Read more here from a recent article called Crisis of Care, The Toronto Star, February 7, 2021: The Fix: Part 2: Republished from 2018).
The good news is that where there is a willingness to change, lives are transformed. There is no excuse not to now. We know how much we have dreaded the traditional model of nursing care. We know, now, how much better a different model can be, and how joy, respect and community can actually be experienced by residents, families and staff. If the word “care” in our system of healthcare means anything, we need to get on with it.
Please support Transformative Culture Change in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes by sending an email to info@LTCcommission-CommissionSLD.ca or to your local MPP https://www.ola.org/en/members/current.
4 Replies to “Let’s put the “care” in healthcare!”
Thanks Marg It would be wonderful if more people got on board with changing the culture of homes. Right now, keeping people clean, well fed and safe would be a fantastic start. The homes and the province have failed the residents of homes and their families. You wonder if anything has been learned. Reading reports written decades ago, it seems that they haven’t. I hope you can enjoy this beautiful day. Lynn
On Tue, Mar 9, 2021 at 6:56 AM Talking Transformation Long Term Care Homes wrote:
> talkingtransformationlongtermcarehomes posted: ” Malton Village, the > Toronto Star, June 22, 2018 Over the past 15 years the Toronto Star and > other Ontario newspapers have written many stories about life in long-term > care homes. Yes there are good stories to be told, but what we remember are > those st” >
Thanks Lynn. Let’s hope the government will actually do something to improve the lives of residents in LTC!
I enjoy reading your blogs. While I live in a small town with a wonderful LTC home that utilizes a lot of the ideas that you present, I realize that there are many other places which don’t conform to these standards. Keep up the good work!
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