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Ontario expands mental health teams working with police as pandemic drives up 911 calls

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Ontario is expanding the number of mobile mental health teams working with police officers in response to an increase in 911 calls from people in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic… “We anticipate that this funding will help divert individuals who are experiencing a crisis to appropriate community-based care rather than the person ending up in the hospital emergency department or justice system”

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Ontario should make pay hikes for personal support workers permanent

Monday, October 5th, 2020

The pay increase for PSWs announced last week is long overdue but, now that it’s here, let’s at least make it permanent… the premier has repeatedly admitted that these workers are “overworked”… That would mean setting — and funding — daily care standards so the important work of caring for our vulnerable seniors can be done well and safely for everyone. The pandemic has shown us all how essential much low-paid, undervalued work really is.

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Long-term care operators call on Ontario government to address severe staffing shortage

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Doris Grinspun, chief executive officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, is so frustrated with the government’s lack of action, she announced on July 31 that she will not reopen the VIANurse program if the province is hit with a second wave of the virus… “Nursing home residents deserve permanent solutions… We are done with Band-Aid solutions.” … The B.C. government unveiled a new program last week that will train up to 7,000 people to work as health care aides in long-term care homes. The government will pay the tuition costs.

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How COVID-19 kicked virtual medicine into high gear

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

“I have been involved in virtual medicine for many years. I thought it would be adopted quickly. I was very wrong. But then, almost overnight, it’s become mainstream. Soon it will just be part of our health system. They won’t call it virtual health care — it will just be health care.”

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These mental health advocates are working on an alternative to police intervention when someone is in crisis.

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up… “What they need instead is a mental health expert, who they can trust, who can help them calm down. Someone who can help them feel safer.”

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How does Ontario respond to people in crisis — and how should it?

Friday, June 26th, 2020

… a big part of this new model has to be better mental-health care in general, so fewer people end up getting to that crisis point in the first place. The current model produces tragic outcomes, yes, but it also doesn’t work for a lot of people who never have a tragic outcome, per se, but need help they don’t get. And this is especially true with racialized or otherwise marginalized communities.

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Police shouldn’t be answering mental-health calls

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

At this point… there’s no excuse for politicians to refuse to act… there are models elsewhere that could usefully provide direction. One that’s receiving lots of attention… involves teams of medical professionals and crisis workers responding directly to calls involving people in mental crisis, and rarely has to resort to police backup.

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Ontario to fully fund nursing homes despite lower occupancies

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Restricting admissions to single- and double-occupancy rooms will exacerbate a chronic shortage of long-term care beds in Ontario… the government’s ban on new admissions to ward rooms will eliminate 4,303 beds, representing 5.5 per cent of the province’s total… those who no longer need acute care but have nowhere else to go, reached a historic high of 5,300 as of Monday.

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For-profit nursing homes have four times as many COVID-19 deaths as city-run homes, Star analysis finds

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

A resident in a for-profit home has been about 60 per cent more likely to catch COVID-19 and 45 per cent more likely to die than a resident in a non-profit home. A for-profit resident has also been about four times more likely to catch COVID-19 and four times more likely to die than a resident in a municipally run home… Overall, for-profit homes make up less than 60 per cent of long-term-care homes in the province, but they account for 16 of the 20 worst outbreaks.

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Virtual care is booming amid COVID-19

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

… digital healthcare had been on the rise for a while. Infoway’s 2019 survey showed that “50 per cent of Canadians now report they can access at least one digital health service online, such as viewing their health information, making an appointment, or consulting with a health care provider.”“The way we’ve been practicing medicine for the last 100 years is changing,” says Tytus. “The days of brick and mortar physical medicine are going to be less and less important.”

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