The Staff That Cares

Crescent Park Lodge describes itself  “The Lodge that Cares”.

So does the staff.

A Personal Service Worker here lives close by a lady in her seventies who has an adult son at home. The lady has suffered noisy arguments with the son who in the past consumed too much alcohol and was in the habit of going outside in the middle of the night, raising his arms to the sky and shouting,

How it was done I can’t conceive because in my experience very few alcoholics are cured even by experts. This Personal Service Worker succeeded and both mother and son are very grateful. As are the neighbours whose slumber was often disturbed.

This story has a happy ending and just goes to show what a determined caregiver with a good heart can do whether at work or at their domicile..


Prescription Drugs all free

Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced Ontario’s plan to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over, ensuring millions of people can afford the care they need during this period of economic change and uncertainty. (Smart Meds stays at Crescent Park Lodge).

Through an expansion of OHIP+, more than 4,400 prescription drugs will be available free of charge to everyone 65 and over. The Premier was joined by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Helena Jaczek and Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla at the Leaside Curling Club o lay out the government’s plan to expand OHIP+ and make life more affordable for 2.6 million seniors and their families.

Starting August 1, 2019, anyone aged 65 or older will no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment and would be able to present their eligible prescription and OHIP number at any Ontario pharmacy and receive their medication for free. On January 1, 2018, Ontario introduced OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare, which made eligible prescription drugs free for everyone 24 and under and is the largest expansion of medicare in a generation. By expanding OHIP+ to seniors in Budget 2018, people 65 and over will now save an average of $240 every year. Prescription drugs covered by this program include medications for cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid conditions, diabetes and asthma.

Today’s announcement builds on steps taken to improve care and make life more affordable for seniors in Ontario, including:

Robotic Caregivers

In many technologically advanced societies, people are not only living longer, but are also having fewer children. This trend has led to a disproportionately large growth rate of the elderly population relative to the labor force. One proposed solution is to build robotic nurses that will help administer care and support to people in hospitals, care facilities, and homes.

The main challenge in creating robotic nurses is the problem of programming a machine with a reliable set of ethics. A robot nurse will have to make complicated decisions regarding its patients on a daily basis since its function will involve giving advice that will determine the health of human beings, it will need to have an ethical system that will allow it to properly carry out medical agenda while treating patients with respect.

This scenario is an everyday situation that human nurses navigate with ease. The human brain can assess a situation not only based on data that it directly receives through its senses.

Robots are coming, these in the distant future. – See:Robotic Nurses

Our Family Adolescents-Mentally

A few days ago I was happy to write about a visit to our lodge of a group of army cadets. Sadly I am going now to write about the action to take following the killing of some 14 students in Parkland school in Florida, an incident much commented on including comment to the effect that we should not have cadet units for adolescents of school age.

I believe that the concept of having military cadet units attached to high schools is a good thing. I also believe that all adolescent educational institutions must undertake regular examinations of mental health with reports to parents and school authorities by qualified persons as a necessary precaution.

When adolescents are growing up, attending school, it is the very important and serious responsibility of school staff to observe pupils and take good care of both the physical and mental qualities of those in their care who will become our future.

We love our families, we hire qualified people to care and be responsible for them.

Council Clips NO

Now my children are by no means hostile to me. In fact they jump right in phoning  CPL if ever I even mention any complaint about my care. Like many children they are otherwise a bit lazy though.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised to get only one brief reply from one sibling when I floated the idea of Council Clips with them.

Council Clips?

I am told by Recreation that getting family representatives out to family council meetings is difficult for them in this day and age when many wives go out to work and many are likely doing shifts.

To help overcome this problem and make an easy written formal communication possible there is a suggestion that along with a report of the key points (called say Council Clips) of family council meetings Recreation includes an invitation for family recipients to write in any suggestions they have.

Something to think and talk about.

Belgians have come – Welcome

This week Canada has a whole week visit from Belgian politicos and their King and Queen but our prime minister is too genuinely busy to meet them. I, though stand ready to welcome any and all of the Belgian official mission that come this week to Crescent Park Lodge.

Justin Trudeau is spending this week visiting province premiers and the like working on our very important Canadian trade. I though am ready to fill the gap by shaking hands and talking to our Belgian visitors who will surely come to see us the famous lodge with a heart.

Welcome Belgian King, Queen and all accompanying dignitaries.