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She died in February. But his long-term care home didn’t tell the family until nearly a month later.
Why did it take nearly a month for Melanie Barker’s family to be notified that she had died in her London, Ont. long-term care home?
This is the question that those close to Barker are still asking.
Barker, 66, died Feb. 12 at the Mount Hope Center for Long-Term Care, where she had lived for nearly a decade.
“It shouldn’t have happened. It makes me so angry that she died alone and the body sat in the morgue for a month,” her sister, Donna Barker, said from her home in Havelock, Kenya. Ontario.
“There is no justification for this.”
According to long-term care records, provided to CBC News by the family, Barker’s condition worsened sharply on Feb. 9 after choking during lunch. She died on February 12, but the family says she was not informed until March 8.
In a statement to CBC News, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, which oversees the Mount Hope Center for Long-Term Care, said it could not comment on individual residents’ cases due to privacy legislation. private life. But he said he follows all proper procedures for notification of substitute decision makers and powers of attorney when a resident dies.
Meanwhile, in a written response, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General said the office of the Public Guardian and Trustee “is making reasonable efforts to identify the family” in its role as guardian of property, but is not not mandated to search for family members. Read more
Market addressed ongoing issues in long term care for years, most recently in March when the team investigated the home care crisis.
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Specialty clinics to treat long COVID are in demand, but doctors say they can’t keep up
In Canada, there are approximately 390,000 COVID long-haulers, which means there are plenty of people who might need treatment.
Specialist clinics to help long-haulers are popping up across the country, but doctors say demand still far outstrips supply.
Dr. Kieran Quinn, a clinician scientist at Sinai Health and the University of Toronto, leads an extensive program of health services research for people with post-COVID conditions, which can include a wide range of symptoms ranging from fatigue and shortness of breath to anxiety and difficulty concentrating.
Quinn says doctors across the country are starting to see increased volumes of referral requests for specialty clinics.
“Our colleagues in different provinces are reporting up to six months of waiting to get into these clinics, and then globally the wait times reported in places like Italy, the UK and the US – these clinics are often a seven to nine month wait,” Quinn said. Read more
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How long have you been waiting for a family doctor? For this veteran, it’s been 11 years and counting
A Canadian Navy veteran says he’s tired of waiting for a primary care provider after being on the Prince Edward Island waiting list for 11 years.
Matt Dobson moved to Prince Edward Island in 2011 after being medically discharged from the Navy when he was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been a member of the Armed Forces for over a decade.
“I have good days and bad days,” he said. “It’s still there: daily struggles to take care of myself, to do even the easiest tasks. When I have my bad days, it’s pretty crippling.”
Dobson first registered with the province’s patient registry at the time. But after eight years without news, he decided to call the province in 2019 to check when he would finally have access to a primary carer.
“They told me my name was off the list. They took everyone over the age of four off the list. So I had to put my name back on the list and start over,” said Dobson.
Dobson is currently on long-term disability and has been unable to work for the past two years due to his condition.
He goes to walk-in clinics to get prescriptions and blood tests, and got a psychiatrist through Veterans Affairs who monitors his medication and also helps him with talk therapy.
Although he said he currently has more good days than bad, there have been times when he has been suicidal. His wife Angie Brighty thinks not having a family doctor can be dangerous.
“It can’t last another day,” she said. “Because Matt might not be here tomorrow if no one steps in to help him. It’s terrifying.” Read more
What else is going on?
If you’re traveling soon, here’s what you need to know from June 15
Vaccination mandates are lifted for flights and trains, but Canadians abroad should still use the ArriveCAN app to submit travel and COVID-19 information before returning home.
Housing market slowdown continues, with average sale price down 13% since February
Sales volumes have now fallen to where they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly one in four homeowners say they would have to sell their home if interest rates rose further, survey finds
The Bank of Canada is expected to continue raising interest rates as inflation hits a record high.
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