Home care needed, but so is care from LTCs for those with dementia – Toronto Star

The Sunnyside Long-Term Care Home, photographed Oct. 1, is a large facility that has begun the transition to a “Butterfly “model of care.

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Budget eyes emotional care, Jan. 14

While better-funded home care is vital, this is a case of “both and” instead of “either or.” The reality is that there are people who need more care than can be provided at home, even if there is more and improved home care.

It is not a coincidence that people with dementia make up the majority of long-term-care residents.

They have many problems that make it dangerous for them to live alone, and hard for their family if they live with them. For example, due to disorientation to time, they can be awake at night so no one else in the house gets any sleep.

Toronto city council gets it right, as the Star’s editorial recognizes.

It isn’t that the staff needs to be taught kindness, but that they need to learn to understand how dementia impacts the brains of the people they are caring for so they can problem-solve about how best to provide that care. And they need enough staff so they have the time to meet those care needs.

Budget eyes emotional care, Jan. 14

Coun. Gary Crawford believes that, if properly funded and implemented, the innovative “emotion-centred approach” will prioritize the individual of Toronto’s 2,169 long-term-care residents. Would it?

True, it might be an improvement over what LTC offers now. But if this approach continues to ignore what the vast majority of persons over 65 do not want — going to nursing homes — then how does it respond to their individual wishes?

Where are the alternatives seniors are clamouring for, such as community living in small homes; cohabitation; intergenerational housing, and, simply, more funding for home care?

Salvatore Amenta, Stouffville, Ont.

Budget eyes emotional care, Jan. 14

When I read that Toronto was contemplating funding “emotion-centred” care for 2,619 citizens housed in the long-term-care system, I felt nauseated. I am a senior now, but for decades served individuals in our society who were vulnerable. Yes, they were vulnerable, but surprisingly, they were vulnerable to the system that imposed services on them. Rarely a thought given to what they wanted or needed.

Directly funding the person and letting them and their loved ones decide how best to live is what is needed.

Ruth Hatton, Picton, Ont.