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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
RECENT POSTS ON 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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]