Nobody believes a hospital ward is a long-term solution for patients who have completed their acute care treatment but due to their medical frailty are unable to go home without support. The question is, where are the appropriate resources for these patients? Public home care and nursing homes have significant waits. Some nursing homes can take as long as seven years to get into.
Some hospitals are trying to push patients into retirement homes to wait until public services are made available, sometimes with threats of levying illegal and sizeable daily fees. If they do follow to a retirement home, the private costs may be prohibitive and there is no guarantee of receiving appropriate care. These are not nursing homes.
Often the frail and elderly are left with nowhere to go.
Jane Meadus says these individuals need to know their rights. A lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), Meadus says the legal clinic receives about 250 complaints per year.
Meadus spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti during this morning’s edition of CBC’s The Current. Click here to link to the audio interview.