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Re-Imagining Care at Home

April 16th, 2015

Last night, Jim went over to Nick’s to watch the hockey game, leaving me free to watch my choice of television shows with dinner on my lap.  I went straight to PBS and found ‘Rx: The Quiet Revolution’, a documentary film on healthcare transformation in America.  I was particularly interested because recently, I worked on a committee looking at
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National Community Care Insurance: What’s New in Canada

April 13th, 2015

According to the 2014 Global Age Watch Index, Norway is the best country to be a senior citizen or person with disabilities.  Apart from Japan (9), all the top 10 countries are again in Western Europe, North America and Australasia.
Norway shifted health care resources from hospitals to home and they have a huge financial, national nest egg from
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The Lies I Tell

April 8th, 2015

This video got me thinking about how I have lied to my loved ones.  I lied to Nicholas when I said it would be alright after his hip surgery (the truth is, I had no idea.. and in the end, it wasn’t alright).  I lied to Nick and to my Mom when I said “honestly, it’s no trouble at all!”…
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Something From the Heart – National Caregiver Day, 2015

April 3rd, 2015

I know that I promised my next blog post would be about private and national care insurance plans, but to be honest, that was before I remembered that National Caregiver Day was April 5th. So today, I want to write something from the heart and let insurance plans wait till next week. SOMETHING FROM THE HEART You won’t receive any…
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What’s New for Those Give and Receive Personal Support Care at Home

March 31st, 2015

In my last blog post, I described the problems that make working conditions for personal support workers very, very difficult.  I described the challenges for clients who need personal support services, as well.
The Problems: ·      Low pay ·      Clients need many hours of support over long periods, so can’t afford the care they need ·     
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A Fight Between PSWs, Clients and Agency Service Providers Spells Trouble For All

March 25th, 2015

Over the years, our family has relied on the help, friendship and dedication of personal support workers, both for our son Nicholas and more recently for my mother who needs assistance due to her age.  These support workers worked part-time for low wages.  More often than not, they were women who were immigrants with skillsets and qualifications not…
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A Policy Framework to Support Caregivers

March 21st, 2015

Yesterday I presented at a Carleton University conference titled ‘More Than Getting By: Putting Daily Life at the Heart of Our Struggles’.   I was one of the few non-academics – most were scholars in the areas of political economy, women’s studies, sociology or social work.   My session was titled ‘The Costs of Care’ and presenting alongside me…
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Special Words and Deeds to Support a Caregiver’s Hurting Heart

March 14th, 2015

Recently, I wrote about friends who aren’t sure how to support a caregiver in distress.  I talked about how difficult it is for caregivers themselves to know how anyone could help in situations that are so trying, they are almost beyond description. This week, I came upon two examples of creative and profound support. WORDS HEAL Today, I was…
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International Women’s Day 2015 – I Celebrate Caregivers!

March 7th, 2015

March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I can’t think of a better time to celebrate the contributions of women who give care to their families and friends.  More women than men are caregivers: an estimated 66% of caregivers are female. One-third (34%) take care of two or more people, and the average age of a female caregiver is 48.0.
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Tax season 2015: The disability tax credit and the push for fee limits—CBC News

March 4th, 2015

Efforts underway to regulate consultants and improve the application process Mention the term “disability tax credit” to some people, and you’ll get an earful. It’s not worth enough, some say, or applying for it is too complex, or the Canada Revenue Agency has unfairly turned down their claim, or the eligibility requirements are too restrictive, or their doctor says they’re…
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