18 June 2009

The Greatest Generation...

...has to fight yet another war...

Parkin has certainly done his part for Canada. But in his hour of need, this 92-year-old great-grandfather is being treated with scandalous insensitivity.

Because he won't move out of Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital into a nursing home in Etobicoke far from his family, he is now being threatened with a daily bill of $700.

"Is this how we treat our veterans at the end of the day?" asks his angry son, Doug, 52. "I think it's a real slap in the face."
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I absolutely do not believe the $700 per day rate, we had my 93 year old mother in law in the same hospital system last year and because she wanted a government subsidized room in a local nursing home she was put on a waiting list and given the choice to have her subsidized room in another nursing home until a room in the local one became available OR pay approx. $2000 per MONTH for the bed she was taking up in the hospital. She wasn't sick but she was no longer able to live on her own. She managed to pay for the hospital bed for several months until she was able to make the local move. Maybe the gentleman's son is just upset to see his inheritance fly out the window, I'm grateful for his service to his country but don't pull this emotional crap cuz I'm not buying it.

RavenTraveller said...

Anonymous at 2:38

If you read the article again you will see that the hospital originally advised a charge of $1578 per month for the hospital bed.

The $700 per day is the cost of an acute care bed.

When my mother was as recovered as she was going to be from a broken hip complicated by Alzheimer's we were advised that we had to select three care homes and that as soon as one of these had an open bed we would have to accept or could be charged the acute bed cost.

We did not see this as a problem as we had checked out homes and any of the three we picked would have been workable.

However, CCAC also hit us with a short notice request to move Mom to a home other than one of the three we had selected. When we advised that we would prefer to wait for one of the three (paying the hospital residential rate all the while), which according to policy we could do, CCAC advised us that if we did not accept this transfer the hospital / CCAC would discharge her to her home even though her medical assessment was that she could not live at home.

Maybe the gentleman's son is upset about the arrogant CCAC bureaucracy and threats and quite possibly worried that he and / or his father might not have enough money to care for him for the rest of his life especially if the hospital does charge %700 per day.

Neo Conservative said...

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i'm sure the reporter who wrote the article would be happy to entertain questions about specifics.

the simple fact is, the healthcare bureaucracy is not renowned for their insight, compassion... or their common sense.

any way you slice it... this is a terrible indictment of government run healthcare.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the lecture RavenTraveller but I didn't read the "article" at all I was going by the section on this blog and whoever told you your relative was going to be tossed out of the nursing home when the money ran out was wrong, that doesn't happen. CCAC was and is extremely helpful and courteous with us, possibly it was your or your Mom's attitude with them.

Frances said...

If they think 30 km is bad, they should try living in interior BC. The powers there, directed from the coast, transferred a dying woman 100 km away from her ailing and elderly husband, in an area with minimal public transit. The treatment of Mr & Mrs Albo was made public and became something of a scandal; but the 'cachment' for the West Kootenay area still stretches almost to the Okanagan, meaning a senior can be transferred well over 100 km (and a couple of mountain ranges) away from family and friends.

Neo Conservative said...

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heartless AND inexcusable.

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Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at the # of people who expect the taxpayers to subsidize their lives. If you do not want to partake of the public nursing home system then by all means pay for a private one, as close to your home as you want, but don't expect things to be customized to accommodate you if you do choose the public system. We visit twice a week and believe me we're the exception so apparently it doesn't matter how close your "loved one" is placed.

Anonymous said...

Except, Anonymous, there are NO private pay nursing homes in Ontario. There are private pay retirement/assisted living homes but they are a different level of care (you have to be pretty independent to live in one of these). The government, through the CCACs, have a strangle hold on all nursing home admissions.