Senior told Crane He Can’t Get DSP

Another man hobbled to the door, telling Crane he didn’t understand why he couldn’t access disability support. Continue reading Senior told Crane He Can’t Get DSP

Disability Issues Get Attention in Ontario Election

Disabilities get small concessions in Ontario from political parties

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Tracy Odell, APDD

By Ed Montigny, Staff Lawyer, ARCH

If you review the election platforms of the three major parties you will find little in the way of policies aimed directly at assisting persons with disabilities.

It is clear that the discussions of the economy, jobs and taxes dominate, although health care issues and education also receive attention from all parties. Continue reading Disability Issues Get Attention in Ontario Election

Invisible death of an invisible woman

The tall, beautiful woman lay on the floor of her apartment dead and invisible for 5 months

Elizabeth Berrigan invisible in death (roses from Island Deaths)

She was a tall, beautiful and intelligent Irish woman of a proud Prince Edward Island family.

Those eyes of hers could flash with wit, laughter and life.

They were also windows to a tortured soul who struggled for 30 years with mental illness and disability.   Continue reading Invisible death of an invisible woman

PEI Government Washes Hands in Senior’s Death

Bureaucratic double speak tries to paper over neglect of disabled senior dead in her apartment for five months  evoking “sad emotions” in civil service

Faye Martin, director of PEI seniors policy " We would hope that this is not the type of thing that would happen frequently"

There is more to the death of Elizabeth Berrigan than the Province of PEI wants to admit.

Nor is the media telling the whole story.

Berrigan was a person living with a disability in a subsidized government housing unit and largely abandoned despite her needs.

Berrigan’s ignominious and tragic end – alone and dead in her apartment for five months – should be a wake up call that things are not OK.   Continue reading PEI Government Washes Hands in Senior’s Death

Disabled senior found dead after five months

Neglect from PEI government to blame, officially sanctioned abuse of elders

60 year old woman lay dead in her apartment for 5 months (photo Google Street View)

A 60-year-old disabled woman was found dead in her apartment Tuesday this week in Charlottetown.

She died apparently in November 2010, almost five months ago, of natural causes.  Continue reading Disabled senior found dead after five months

Will UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities mean anything on PEI

PEI celebrates the day with plagiarism, pontificating and prevarication

Minister of Community Services, Seniors and Labour Janice Sherry, press release to follow

The world celebrates UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On Prince Edward Island, we can look forward to political hot air.

The appropriate minister will rise in the Legislature to acknowledge her love for and empathy with the situation of Islanders living with disabilities. Those speeches are fulsome, with profound words that puff up those who listen.  In reality, they are hollow with pontificating and prevarication.  Continue reading Will UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities mean anything on PEI

How many seniors are living with disabilities

8,980 seniors on PEI live with disability across Canada there are 1.8 million seniors with disabilities

 

8,980 seniors on PEI are living with disability, 1.8 million across Canada

Disability is a fact of life for seniors. About 40% of seniors in Canada have one or more disabilities.

They need assistive devices and home care to remain living independent in their homes. In the third of a four part series we explore who are these seniors and what are their disabilities using Prince Edward Island as the model.   Continue reading How many seniors are living with disabilities

Seniors with disabilities need assistance for independent living

Continue reading Seniors with disabilities need assistance for independent living

Independent living for seniors with disabilities better and less costly

Seniors with disabilities should have the choice of living independently

Many seniors with disabilities prefer to live at home and it costs less than institutional living

Disability is a fact of life for seniors. About 40% of seniors in Canada have one or more disabilities. They need assistive devices and home care to remain living independent in their homes. In the first of a four part series we explore home care as an option for seniors with disabilities.

The lack of disability supports for seniors is forcing them into institutions. When they can no longer cope at home because they are too disabled, the system is geared to institutionalize them.  Warehousing seniors with disabilities is an old model of how to solve the problem.

Continue reading Independent living for seniors with disabilities better and less costly

PEI seniors with disabilities forced into institutions

Seniors on Prince Edward Island need support from the PEI Disability Support Program to maintain independent lives in their own homes. 1,630 Islanders 65 years and older with disabilities need assistive devices and home care.

Seniors should be able to stay in their own homes (image Straford Meals on Wheels)

PRLog – Seniors on Prince Edward Island need support from the PEI Disability Support Program (DSP) to maintain independent lives in their own homes.

The current policies support the institutionalization of seniors with disabilities in public or private institutions.  Continue reading PEI seniors with disabilities forced into institutions