The pandemic has shed a spotlight on our broken long-term care system which has been a long-standing issue for more than thirty years. Trying to fix our broken LTC system is not the answer. We need a huge transformation. Recent polls done by The National Institute on Aging found that more than 95% of persons want to avoid long-term institutional care. “Stop referring to us as a bed”, Jennifer Brown, a resident of the Toronto LTC Centre said in a recent CBC interview. “Our government needs to look at what Scandinavian countries are doing and treat people like human beings.”
The Haliburton Highlands Long-Term Care Coalition, Re:Think LTC and Those Other Movies are pleased to host three community discussions, AGING TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY.
Participants will view the inspirational Danish documentary, It’s Not Over Yet, an innovative Danish, community-based model of elder care. Based on a ‘compassionate care approach’ it enables individuals with dementia to live in small ‘home-like’ settings, with dignity, grace and joy. We will break into small groups to share how as a community we value aging and brainstorm what that vision could truly look and feel like. Together we will explore the possibility of ‘home based alternatives’ to institutional care that takes profits out of care, promotes assisted living and we will begin to create a plan to move forward in Haliburton County.
Discussions will take place on:
· Wednesday, June 22 @ 6 pm, Lloyd Watson Community Centre
· Thursday, June 23 @ 6 pm, Minden Lions Club
· Friday, June 24 @ 6 pm, Haliburton United Church
Masks are encouraged and appreciated. Refreshments will be provided.
Donations are gratefully accepted.