Up to 70 percent of seniors residing in long-term care facilities could be appropriately cared for in less restrictive settings. The type of living arrangements of seniors can have a significant impact on their quality of life-- yet we have the INSTITUTIONALIZATION in nursing homes and the INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION of couples/partners when one cannot be cared for in their home.

What is available?      What could be available?     What do we need to do?     WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

IN THIS BLOG WE EXPLORE ALTERNATIVES and SOLUTIONS TO SENIORS’ LONG TERM CARE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SENIOR COUPLES. By commenting on posts and sharing articles with others, you are participating in making some of the much needed change in Elder Care.

RECENT POSTS ON SOLUTIONS & ALTERNATIVES

Community Action Plan

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Category: Aging in the Community,Government & Policy Issues

The Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto in their  Aging in Place study, developed a community action matrix (their Appendix 5) that could be modified and used for other municipalities. The matrix looks at the areas of Housing, Neighbourhood and Agency and proposes actions that could[READ MORE]

Tags: aging at home,aging in community,aging in place,research

Cost of Flexhouse

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Category: Costs & Savings,Housing & Living Alternatives,The Independent Home

CMHC based its benchmark house on a popular 162 sq. m. (1,743 sq. ft.) plan. Tartan Homes of Ottawa provided a preliminary drawing and the specification list includes the same standard finishes. This plan was chosen because it has a floor plan that builders, particularly in Ontario, consider a “good[READ MORE]

Tags: aging in place,cost,design,flexhousing,research

Flexhousing - Design for Change

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Category: Home Modifications,The Independent Home

FlexHousing™ is a practical approach to designing and building housing that allows residents to convert space to meet their changing needs. Based on the principles of adaptability, accessibility, affordability and healthy housing, FlexHousing™ brings together the best of everything we know about building houses. Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has[READ MORE]

Tags: aging in place,design,flexhousing,housing

The Cohousing Concept

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Category: Aging in the Community,Housing & Living Alternatives,How can we Age at Home

The objective of cohousing is to develop a strong sense of community through the design process and the actual design of living arrangements that promote physical, social and emotional well being, avoiding loneliness and isolation. Senior cohousing promotes connectedness between people (Cannuscio, Block, & Kawachi, 2003). What is Cohousing? Cohousing residents are[READ MORE]

Tags: aging in community,cohousing,seniors

Senior Cohousing

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Category: Aging in the Community,Housing & Living Alternatives,How can we Age at Home

The driving force behind such developments is to permit seniors to overcome loneliness and isolation as they age and to maintain control of their lives. The developments are formed and managed by the seniors themselves. The seniors involved are committed to being good neighbours and hence to offering mutual support.Useful[READ MORE]

Tags: aging in place,cohousing,quality of life

The Village Concept

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Category: Aging in the Community,How can we Age at Home

The Village concept, implemented in several places in the USA, aims to “support the medical, functional, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of older adults.” Residents create Villages to help coordinate and deliver services and supports within their communities. Villages reflect their communities through variations in design, capacity, and operation. Many older[READ MORE]

Tags: aging in place,help and care,participation,village concept

RECENT POSTS ON ISSUES

Community Action Plan

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Category: Aging in the Community,Government & Policy Issues

The Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto in their  Aging in Place study, developed a community action matrix (their Appendix 5) that could be modified[ READ MORE ]

Tags: aging at home,aging in community,aging in place,research

Involuntary Separation

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Category: Government & Policy Issues,Human Rights,Involuntary Separation,Long term care facilities

Involuntary separation occurs when one partner requires more care than can be provided in the home and is placed into a long-term care facility. It may be that Canada is[ READ MORE ]

Tags: human rights,involuntary separation,long term care facility,senior couples

Seniors' Independence

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Category: Elder Population,Receiving Help and Care

According to A Portrait of Seniors in Canada – 2006, ( we do not have more recent data) activity limitations are among the most important factors affecting a person’s quality of[ READ MORE ]

Tags: home modification,living environment,seniors independence

Issues Summary

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Category: Canada Demographics,Elder Population

The aging Baby Boomers will be placing an unprecedented demand on our health & support services and our institutions. Whether they "age at home" or are institutionalized, a long list[ READ MORE ]

Tags: demographics,research,senior population

Articles about long-term care facilities

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Category: Long term care facilities

There have been and continue to be many negative reports on our long-term care facilities (nursing homes). The fact that most of them are run by "for-profit" organizations may have[ READ MORE ]

Tags: articles,long term care facility,Ontario,quality of life

British Columbia housing and assistance for seniors

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Category: Government & Policy Issues,Housing & Living Arrangements,Independence, Care & Support,Links

This is a list of housing options and references for British Columbia seniors. If you know of updates, please share with us. British Columbia Better Care for Seniors – a 2005 BC[ READ MORE ]

Tags: British Columbia,housing,seniors