Kathleen’s Demise: a cautionary tale

There’s much to learn about BC’s laws and eldercare system from the last years of Kathleen Palamarek’s life in a local nursing home—especially from the battles that were fought in her name between her children, care providers and the Vancouver Island Health Authority.   It was a small but important epitaph for a much-loved woman.

By |2011-07-11T16:36:37+00:00July 4th, 2011|0 Comments

Crisis Behind Closed Doors

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows nearly half of all seniors in long-term care in BC are being given antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel. That’s almost twice the average for the rest of Canada and amongst the highest rates found anywhere in the world. And even though Health Canada warns these

By |2011-05-31T03:20:55+00:00May 31st, 2011|0 Comments

Better Care Homes, or Better Euthanasia?

Parliamentary committee members witness a dramatic confrontation over elder care. Local MP Denise Savoie invited two representatives from the federal Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care to hear Vancouver and Victoria speakers in November. Developing recommendations on elder care, assisted suicide and abuse, the committee’s half-day session before 40 people at James Bay New

By |2010-11-27T19:41:59+00:00November 27th, 2010|0 Comments

Seniors’ Care Homes in Need of Care

With 70% of South Island residential homes rated medium or high risk, will the Ombudsperson’s report, new regulations from government, and more frequent inspections be enough to prevent the deepening crisis in seniors’ care? * Released a week before Christmas, the BC Ombudsperson’s first of two reports on the care of seniors made a brief

By |2010-03-26T19:55:26+00:00February 22nd, 2010|8 Comments

Surviving the Borg

More stories pour in about the crisis in our residential care homes. No article I’ve written for Focus has provoked so many impassioned calls, emails, posts to my website, and interceptions in the street than my feature about long term care of the elderly (“Who has the Right to Control Your Life?”, January). Many relatives

By |2011-12-03T16:15:18+00:00February 27th, 2009|18 Comments
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