The Indispensable Survival Guide to Ontario’s Long-Term Care System by Karen Cumming and Patricia Milne (135)

This book is about our long-term care system in Ontario. Even before this Covid-19 Pandemic, manoeuvering around long term care has been, and is, daunting.

This book is for anyone who is about to journey through long-term care, either themselves or one of their loved ones will.

The long-term care system can be scary. Unless you work in healthcare or know someone who does, you’ve probably never had much to do with it before. But if we live long enough, we will all have to journey through it, either directly or indirectly.

One day, you may wake up and realize that your aging mother or father can no longer live in their own home alone. Maybe they were staying in an assisted living facility and suddenly couldn’t walk anymore. Or perhaps your parent kept falling. Maybe your parent or relative had a stroke or heart attack.  All of these instances will make you look very carefully at the circumstances and to evaluate long-term care and how your parent will fit in.

The good news is that you’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of baby boomers will have to go into some sort of long-term care . There were more than 2.4 million people aged 65 and over as of 2019.  I’m sure there are a lot more in 2020. That’s a LOT of seniors!

People in long-term care speak a mysterious language. Long-term care can become a roller coaster ride for your family. I know it was when I had my mother-in-law in an institution about give years ago. It was a really humiliating time for all of us. My mother-in-law hated the institutional setting at first. But in about a year she did come around, and even start to enjoy it. But it wasn’t easy at first.

This book will help the reader navigate long-term care in Ontario. It is a care that is under fire right now because of the incidence of neglect of elders and sub-par living conditions, which is a real shame given that they are all paying many thousands of dollars per month for such care.

This was an eye-opening book. I picked it up on the new book shelf of my local library. I have had a few months to read it, and I needed it not because of the length of the book but because of how hard it was to read about something that isn’t supposed to be as complex as long-term care.

Long-term care is an emotional quagmire of a topic. The authors do a splendid job discussing all the important topics. I wish I had this book before I had to deal with long-term care in Ontario.

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