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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Reminder – Public Meeting this Thursday

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

We’ve also posted the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/196199913900249/

Poster November 28 Public Info Session

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Right To Information Request – Delayed by DSD

McNair Manor forwarded us the response they received from Minister Madeleine Dube requesting documentation of the research DSD supposedly has that the policy is based on. Minister Dube refused to provide the information within the required 30 days and has extended the deadline another 30 days.

 

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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

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FAQ’s just posted

Just added a new FAQ page to the website. A lot of questions that are commonly asked are answered. If your question is not answered add it in the comments section at the bottom and we will address it.

http://www.beingblocked.com/wp/faqs/

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Public Meeting Date Changed to Nov 28

The date for the public info session on the new DSD admission policy for Level 3B facilities in New Brunswick has changed to Nov 28, 6:30pm still at the Moncton Lions Community Centre (473 St George, Moncton).

We’ve also posted the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/196199913900249/

 

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Past media just added

Just added a few articles that appeared in the Times & Transcript a few weeks ago on the new 3B admission policy.

Oct 1 – Family wants mom out of hospital
Oct 3 – Frail NBers still have “nowhere to go”
Oct 5 – Province defends homes policy

Also Global TV did a segment on this issue and can be seen here: Struggle For Care

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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).

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Sign the petition

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Please help move this cause forward by signing the following petition:

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Great article on the front page of the Telegraph Journal this morning!

Change in policy for special care homes shocks family

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Click this link to read it: telegraph_andjournal_mattison__20131102

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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.

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News 91.9 Radio Interview with Vicki Ward

Vicki Ward of Hillside View Special Care Home was interviewed on News 91.9 this morning. She’s pointing out major gaps in Joan McCarthy’s interview. Mainly that Joan tried to defer the issue to home care or Level 2 facilities filling the gap created by the new policy. This just proves Joan’s complete lack of knowledge of how the system even works. The individuals being affected by this policy require Level 3 care. Home care and Level 2 homes can not care for these individuals.

Listen to it here:

 

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News 91.9 Radio Interview with Joan McCarthy

Joan McCarthy, Manager at Department of Social Development was interviewed on News 91.9 this morning with Tyler McLean. Her only interest seemed to be to throw special care homes under the bus for charging a “top up”. Never mind that the per diem rate the province allows for 3B special care home residents has increased only 15% in 16 years while wage expenses alone have gone up 40+%, never mind the cost of groceries, supplies, utilities, insurance and all other costs associated with running a special care home. She completely avoided even discussing all those left out by this policy that previously had access to special care home placement.

Listen to it here:

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