Thanks to all our contributors and sponsors for making possible this fall 2018 edition of Voice for Care brought to you by the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia. Here you’ll discover stories of care, community and compassion from one end of the Province to another. Let’s celebrate the continuing care sector during September’s Continuing Care Month and all the time. Through our collective efforts, ideas and talents we can build a strong and vibrant system that is responsive to the needs of seniors and our society’s most vulnerable. Today … and tomorrow.
Welcome to our Fall/Winter 2017 edition of Voice for Care. Here you'll find stories of compassion, care and healing. You'll learn about industry trends and new developments in the world of continuing care. And you'll discover resources and skills development opportunities that are available to you.
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Health Association Nova Scotia Continuing Care Council, the Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scotia, and the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia formalize collaborative relationship
The long-term care sector in Nova Scotia is represented by various strong groups in our province; namely, the Health Association Nova Scotia Continuing Care Council (CCC), the Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scotia (CGO), and the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS). While these groups serve slightly different populations, they have strived to share information on an informal basis and work together on initiatives as opportunities arise. That being said, the Chairs of the CCC, CGO and CCANS recognize the value of building on our existing relationships in representing the interests of our respective memberships. We are excited to announce that the three parties are working towards a more coordinated and strategic approach to addressing issues in long-term care.
The Tri-Group Chairs met on January 12, 2018, to discuss each other’s current priorities and have committed to face-to-face meetings every two months, where each groups’ recent agendas and action items will be discussed. The goal of these meetings will be to highlight issues of mutual concern, partner on activities where appropriate, create synergy in advocacy efforts, and ultimately create a stronger, more united voice for long-term care in Nova Scotia. As an initial action, the groups will work to establish a multi-stakeholder Continuing Care Public Relations Committee. The focus will likely be on spreading “good news” stories about our sector, and coordinating other communications messages when appropriate.
While it is early days, we are excited to share this new development with all of our members and look forward to keeping you informed of our progress.
Annette Fougere, Chair, Continuing Care Council
Sheila Peck, Chair, Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia
Jorge Van Slyke, Chair, Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scot
The recent news (CBC: Reports reveal 46 abuse cases over two years in Nova Scotia nursing homes, October 24, 2017) that questions the very safety and well-being of people in care in our province is disheartening and, in my view, unacceptable. As an Administrator of a Long Term Care facility for many years, I know how hard the staff and volunteers here in Nova Scotia work every day to care for our most vulnerable. I know how much they care.
I served on the Advisory Committee for the Persons in Protection of Care Act 10 years ago. This Act was established with sector input. We all had the same goal -- to protect the people in our care. Unfortunately, there are still incidents that happen but with implementation of the Act, we are catching them, they are being investigated, and we are learning from them. As a facility licenced by the Department of Health and Wellness, I can assure you we have very stringent policies and regulations that must be followed and we take them seriously.
The reality is that years of budget cuts to our homes compounded with the lack of predictable, sustainable funding from one year to the next, is taking its toll. One of the first budget cuts has been to education. At a time when our population is aging, and people are coming to us with extremely complex care needs, education and training has never been more critical.
I have witnessed amazing acts of love, kindness and deep caring from the staff who work and care for our most vulnerable citizens. Nursing home jobs in all departments are mentally and physically taxing. By the time a senior now enters long term care they are very frail and require much more care than seniors 10 years ago. As we deal with a large demographic of seniors, several with dementia, as well as younger people with complex mental and physical health issues, we owe it to our staff to provide them with the necessary tools and training to do their jobs. At the same time we want to attract youth to pursue a career in this very meaningful and valuable sector.
I speak on behalf of the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia when I say it is time we work together with government, educators, facilities, their staff, volunteers, our seniors and their families, and communities across our province, to find innovative, progressive and thoughtful ways to ensure our most vulnerable citizens receive the quality care they deserve.
It is time to create a culture of support, continuous learning, and continuous improvement amongst all working in the sector.
CCANS supports its members by providing education and advocacy. As an organization that encompasses clients from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Community Services, we welcome the opportunity to work with government and our facilities to provide a safe and caring environment for all who need it.
I encourage families to continue to be actively engaged and to be advocates for your loved ones. We need your support so that we can work together to ensure they have a place to call home.
Sheila Peck, Chair, CCANS
Please find attached a copy of our inaugural issue of Voice for Care, a magazine created to help promote our organization, our membership and our industry partners. The magazine intends to highlight important issues and raise awareness around issues that are important to our membership. Please click HERE for your digital copy of Voice for Care
Heather Gillis is the first recipient of our CCANS bursary!