Tell us your home care story. Stories have been circulating about the difficulties Ontarians are having accessing home care. And when they finally do, quality care is challenged by the lack of resources front line nurses, therapists and support workers are given to get the job done. OPSEU has set up a web site to collect these stories. We’ll publish the best comments and eventually forward it all on to the Health Minister. Whether you are a patient, a family member of a patient, or a worker in the system, please help us tell an important story. You can do so anonymously — we will confirm your comments by e-mail.
Go to www.whatwillyoudo.ca and click on Tell Your Story.
Some recent stories that we have received:
“I am a CCAC Case Manager. I have been doing this job for over 15 years and only recently am concerned for the community I serve. The CCAC funding is not adequate. We are having to turn away seniors for simple things like bathing because we are nearing our budget for the year. I have never seen anything like this in the 15 years I’ve worked here. I feel we are leaving seniors at risk just because they don’t reach a certain ‘score’ determined solely by my CCAC. I think everyone has a right to have a bath regardless of age, or whether the disability is acute or chronic. This is not happening and the Ministry needs to look at what is really happening as there is great disparity within Ontario.”
— CCAC Case Manager (name withheld by request)
“My mother is 70 years old and had hip surgery last summer. She had complications and was in the hospital almost six weeks. She required some care afterwards and VON had to take samples of her blood. My mother who was unable to drive at this time was told by the VON she had to transport the blood to the hospital lab herself. How was she going to do this? I was working out of town and so was my spouse the days her blood was drawn. I returned to town after the lab closed so my mom who is financially challenged had to pay a taxi to take her blood to the hospital. This wasn’t an issue before Mr. McGuinty took over and made all the cuts to Health Care.”
– Stella Morgan