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Provincial Dementia Plan in Ontario

A while back, I posted a video on this blog featuring comedian Seth Rogen at a senate hearing talking about the importance of a national strategy and funding scheme for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) in the US. It was a macro look at the need for lawmakers to promote effective planning through productive leadership. There has been discussion of similar funding in Canada and Ontario too. With a provincial election around the corner (early polls open tomorrow), The Alzheimer Society has taken this as an opportunity to revitalise their campaign for a Provincial Plan. I encourage you to take a look at the highlights of their proposal, in their call to action campaign here.

Restraints in LTC homes

It's been a while since my last post, and it hasn't been because I haven't got anything to say, but I've been a bit busy lately. I've heard from some of the readers that they have some issues that I haven't dealt with yet but would like to know if I have any ideas for their issues and if I know anything about how to deal with them. I definitely don't know all of the answers, but I am doing my best to stay on top of the issues and stay up to speed with the Ministry and the goings on in health care, particularly as they relate to elder law. The blog is still fresh, and we really do hope to get to a lot of the issues, but in the meantime, let us know what you'd like to hear about, and if we can we'll write about it.

Glossary & Acronyms

As I promised some time ago, we would put up a Glossary and Acronym definitions page.
It is still a work in progress, and we will continue to add to it as long as we continue to write this blog. I will also be adding appropriate links to the page, but our useful links page covers that for the most part already. You can find the glossary in the tabs above. Or, just click here.

Why Proper Wills Matter

When I am at parties or social gatherings I often start talking about the importance of Wills and Estate Planning (yes I am that person, although to be fair it usually comes up when other people ask me questions upon learning what I do for a living). Many people tell me when the subject comes up that they do not need a Will as they do not have any assets. Nothing can be farther from the truth on the other side of things when a person is deceased and they have not drafted a Will. It makes the administration of the Estate that much harder.
- Naila Parsons

The Glossary

In my last post, I promised a glossary to get us through the terror that is this acronym-riddled area. We'll we're almost there - I've made the page and am putting together "the list." I'll let you all know when it's up and functioning.
In the meantime, thanks for reading - it really tickles us pink.

Long Term Stays in Acute Care Hospitals

The Memos

Over the weekend I posted some memos from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Assistant Deputy Ministers. I want to lend some context to them and in doing so I think that I will help clear some of the mud that is the Ministry and the policies, legislation, regulations and programs that make up this jungle. But before I do that, this area of the law is full of names, agencies, and other assorted mouthfuls. So we're going to need to fix that.
I'm going to post a glossary of terms, so that from here on out, we're all on the same page. In the meantime, I'm going to try and call the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care "the Ministry." It's often just written as its acronym - MOHLTC, but I'm going to buck the trend and call it Ministry. Assistant deputy ministers are ADMs. Substitute decision makers are SDMs. Let's not confuse those two, since they're very much unassociated.