Monthly Archives: November 2013

News 91.9 Radio Interview with Amy Klassen

Amy Klassen of McNair Manor had an interview on News 91.9 Thursday morning (Nov 28) with Tyler McLean about the lack of action on DSD’s part. Residents that would have formerly been Level 3B in New Brunswick are still being denied access to small-scale more home like special care homes and are instead stranded in hospital beds.

Listen to it here:

 

Also posted are previous radio interviews done by News 91.9. Listen below:

Oct 2/2013  Interview with Mark Mattison

Oct 3/2013  Interview with Amy Klassen, business operator, McNair Manor

Oct 7/2013  Interview with Joan McCarthy, Manager, Department of Social Development

Oct 8/2013  Interview with Vicki Ward, business operator, Hillside View Manor
 

Care Home Policies Slammed

“The Mattisons have a warning for New Brunswickers: what happened to them can happen to you.

The Moncton family became the reluctant face of what can happen now that the province has changed the admissions criteria for so-called Level 3B special care beds.

Less than a week before their mother Pauline was set to leave hospital and enter just such a facility, the Department of Social Development added the criteria of dementia for those seeking a 3B bed, arguing that those cases need to be segregated, leaving the family matriarch well enough to leave the hospital, but with nowhere to go…”

Read the entire article here:
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Great Turnout at Public Meeting

There were roughly 115 people in attendance at last nights public meeting. Mark Mattison shared his mothers heart-wrenching ordeal and the sacrifices their family has made to provide care for their mother. It is seniors like her that have been left completely in the lurch by this new DSD policy.

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Pauline Mattison Appeal

Just received an email from Mark Mattison, his mother is a prime example of someone caught up in this situation. The Mattison family has been through a very frustrating experience thus far dealing with this new policy. Mark gave me his permission to post the letter.

“As a family we are infuriated at how we were “played” throughout this entire ordeal and the level of stress placed upon us by countless layers of bureaucracy, who changed the rules on a whim, using strategic tactics of delay, deny, and confuse. I’m equally upset as a taxpayer in that a specialized care home can deliver a bed 50% cheaper than a nursing home. No one disputes this; in fact, Dumont administration confirmed it to my sister and me.”

Click the link below to read the entire letter:

Pauline Mattison Appeal
Pauline Mattison Appeal

Alzheimer Society of Canada: Guidelines for Care

The Department of Social Services has indicated several times that they have research from Alzheimer’s Societies worldwide to backup their model of segregation and discrimination. However the Alzheimer Society of Canada promotes a person-centred model of care not a diagnosis based model.

“The person-centred philosophy focuses on the individual rather than on the condition, and on the person’s strengths and abilities rather than losses.”

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Long Term Care Admission Policy – Public Meeting – UPDATED

A public meeting educating anyone interested in learning more about the new discriminatory Level 3B admission policy the Department of Social Development has implemented will be held on Nov 21 Nov 28, 6:30pm at the Moncton Lions Community Centre (473 St George, Moncton).

All are welcome to attend.

Update – The date has changed to Thursday Nov 28. Same location (473 St George, Moncton).

Being blocked, NOT “bed blockers”

Recently the Department of Social Development (DSD) has instituted a significant narrowing of seniors who are eligible to be admitted to Level 3B facilities in New Brunswick. The 3B assessment has been used in this province for almost 2 decades with excellent results and great service provided by the operators offering this service. This has always been a small scale facility (about 18 beds) with a customized care plan for each individual resident and has always been an inclusive environment. The only criteria was the care needs of the individual, never their specific medical diagnosis. DSD has now chosen to discriminate who is able to be admitted and is excluding every senior requiring a 3B level of service simply because they do not have a diagnosis of advanced dementia. These individuals who have either no dementia or not advanced enough dementia are assessed as a 3A and forced to wait in hospital beds on the nursing home wait list for the sole reason that they are cognitively well. These hospital and nursing home beds cost the province 2-3x what 3B facilities do.

These individuals have often been referred to as “bed blockers” however the actual situation is that these individuals are being blocked from admission to appropriate Level 3B care facilities hence beingblocked.com.

DSD’s “solution” to this issue is to allow individuals who have been bed blocked with a 3A assessment to enter a 3B facility only if they sign a waiver that excludes them from ever receiving a subsidy for their long term care needs for the duration of their residency. Thereby making this a service that extremely few seniors in need of this service can afford.