Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nursing Home Staff

REcently Abbey Therapeutics and Retirement Concepts had some kind of difference, which somehow led to the letting go of staff at three care facilities.

It is not generally known that staffing for nursing homes in BC is not based on an equal playing field, even for those receiving funding from the government. Different facilities receive different amounts of money for residents. There is also a different formula for those using contracted services and those using Health Employees Unions services. This means that residents are not getting the same access all over the province.

Combine this with funding going to profits, non profits, and Health Authority owned facilities and what do you get? Well, profits have to come from somewhere. And Health authority facilities have less structure to care for than non connected, non profits. So............... again, residents get the shaft.

For a starter--ALL residences should be funded at the same level for the same services they provide.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Financial Abuse of Seniors

This from a note from a client of mine re his relative:

"when I showed up just before lunch today, she was in the middle of a harrangue from a woman from one of those charities that have been sucking her dry for all these years. It sounded like my aunt was trying to get a word in edgewise but wasn't having much luck. I decided to pick up the other phone and the first words I hear are, '...but Mrs. --, the children need....' "

Lucky for my client, her money is being handled by a power of attorney, not by her.

This is a prime example of the risk seniors are at from "legitimate" charities. Legitimate? Maybe. Ethical? Not at all.

In July, 2008, I wrote about this in my newsletter, Elder Voice. Here is the link: