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

Assistive devices and home care help seniors with disabilities live independently at home

 

Seniors with disabilities need assistive devices and home care

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 second of a four part series we explore what assistance is needed to keep seniors with disabilities in their homes.  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

Obesity In Later Life Leads To Increased Risks Of Disability

But not of dying and to a ticking time bomb for health and social services

Editor: Obesity can make disability worse for neuromuscular disabilities which have skeletal problems or muscular weakness as a factor. Carrying extra weight with hip problems, MS, MD or post polio syndrome makes the disability more severe.

Imagine carrying around a 30 lb turkey in your arms all day. That’s the same as being 30 lbs overweight. The puzzle is that the disability encourages inactivity thereby increasing the likelihood of weight gain. Rigorous control of food intake is a practical answer.  Continue reading Obesity In Later Life Leads To Increased Risks Of Disability

Disability Community Needs PALS in 2011

Scrapped mandatory census cuts even deeper for disability advocacy group

Laurie Beachell, national co-ordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Council of Canadians with Disabilities – Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) is the most important and comprehensive source of disability statistics in Canada and is seen as a best practice model internationally. CCD is concerned that Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has not yet committed funding for a PALS for the 2011 census.

It is crucial that PALS continue so that governments and community have the information and research needed to develop good policy and programs. It should be noted that upon ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Canada will be obligated to collect data on the socioeconomic status of persons with disabilities.

PALS and its predecessor HALS have been, and remain, extremely valuable survey tools. No other survey provides the range and depth of statistically reliable information about:

Continue reading Disability Community Needs PALS in 2011

Senior Islanders with Disabilities need your support

Minister’s office wants two letters is support of nomination of Disabled for Award

Minister Janice Sherry needs 2 letters to support disabled nomination

Rules are rules and the Minister’s office has asked us to provide two letter of support for our nomination 0f 8,940 Island Seniors with Disabilities for the Island Seniors of the Year Award.

We are asking for public support.

A letter of support should state why you think Senior Islanders with Disabilities should get the award but not be more than 3 pages. One page would probably do it.

The letter of support would contain the persons being nominated for the Award (8,980 Senior Islanders with Disabilities), a brief statement of your reasons and their contribution to PEI, your name and address.   Continue reading Senior Islanders with Disabilities need your support