Happy Birthday to Us!
Diamond Geriatrics is 20 years old this month!
1996 till 2016: Reflections on 20 Years
It is amazing to think about twenty years of providing eldercare services to greater Vancouver.
I think about the hundreds of Seniors and family members whose live I have been involved with, and who welcomed me into their lives with trust and confidence.
Diamond Geriatrics was the first professional Eldercare consulting company in Western Canada, the first housing consultantcy, and the first advocate and health care navigation service provider in the private sector.Our model of not taking referral fees from any company means you know we are working for you. When seniors housing communitites do give referral fees, we turn them over to you–you can make money by consulting Diamond Geriatrics!
The first time I published a newsletter, I had to send it out by Canada Post. It included a call for networking, to which there was no reply. Now there are dozens of networking groups.
I published the first version of my book, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living in 2001 and the second version in 2009. It has sold thousands of copies, and is used around the world. In it I wrote that the most important things in maintaining health and cognition in aging are exercise, nutrition, social interaction, and the finding of meaning and purpose. You didn’t hear that sixteen years ago–now research shows it is true.
It is amazing to see the dozens of public and for profit services that now exist–in 1996 there were almost none. Almost anything a family or Senior can want, there is someone providing it.
Sadly this also makes it more difficult or people to find their way as they try to figure out which services to trust and which have the skills, knowledge and experience to provide the services they claim to provide.
It is sad also to know there is more fraud perpetrated against seniors, in many spheres, but especially through internet scams and fishing.
It is discouraging to see the changes in the public system. Home support is much reduced today and admission to seniors housing is harder to qualify for. More and more burden is put on families, and seniors are more at risk. The public conversation we should have had, we did not, and we need to demand that it be held.
Among bright spots is the introduction of Assisted Living through the health authorities, and supportive living is available, although limited, from BC Housing.
We also have a dedicated Seniors Advocate who looks into systemic issues, and an Ombudsperson. There are patient quality offices available, which however take much to long to respond and so are no help to patients and families in crisis.
The things that make it sad, the things that make it more difficult to find one’s way with confidence are what make Diamond Geriatrics all the more important to me. I strive to provide the best care I can, fill in the gaps in service, and advocate and support clients and families through aging and caregiving.
I want to thank all of my colleagues on whom I depend, and send my love and gratitude to all of the seniors and family members I have met along the way, and I look forward to growing with you over the next decade.
Peter Silin, MSW, RSW, CCC
Founder, Diamond Geriatrics.
Get a Free Pedometer and Help Us Walk to Okinawa!
Diamond Geriatrics and the Vancouver Seniors Service Providers are core sponsors of the 2016 Walk to Okinawa, a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
We invite seniors, family members, caregivers, even the family dog to sign up, get a free pedometer, and count your steps along with hundreds of other walkers until together we have walked the 9,092 kilometers from Vancouver to Okinawa.
The walk will last one month, and at the end we are having a celebration at Van Dusen Gardens for all of our walkers.
Why Okinawa? Because it is one of the places in the world where people live the longest in the best health.
Click here to register or for more information on the Walk to Okinawa.
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