RTO-ERO District 3 Algoma

Welcome to RTOERO District 3 Algoma

District 3 RTOERO AGM Reports!
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District 3 Algoma
will soon have a
new online home!!

Our new Web Address is,
https://district3.rtoero.ca/

Once the new site is fully active,
this web address will be retired.

 

Click the 2022 Insurance Plans Booklet to view!  Consider downloading it to your devices so that it’s at hand in any situation.

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Thank you RICH  PROPHET for your years of service to RTOERO at the National Level!  Welcome home!!

ONTARIO LONG TERM CARE CRISIS

Support Immediate Improvements to Long Term Care by CLICKING HERE to send your support in a personalized letter to your elected representative!

Next General
Membership Meeting

All District 3 Meetings cancelled, until further notice.

STAY SAFE!

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Phone Committee Contacts

Wawa – Barbara Jarvis 705-255-1233

Echo Bay – Jean Campbell
                  
705-248-1612   

Desbarats – Kelly Cudmore
                    705-248-2091

St. Joseph Island – Judith Connell
                               705-246-240

Thessalon – Lynda Trivers 
                    705-842-2883 

Elliot Lake – Carol Rossetto  
                    705-848-2983

Iron Bridge – Laurian Montgomery
                    705-843-2138

Algoma Mills & Blind River –
           Blair Sterling 705-356-7072

Bruce Mines – Rita Rawn
                      
705-785-3842

Hope everyone is keeping safe! Thank you to all members of this committee, your work is appreciated! I would like to remind everyone to please inform me or one of the executive members if you change your phone number or email or address, it will help keep our lists updated.  Thank you.  Carmelina Spry

 

Please don’t be a
Meeting “No Show”!

If you’ve committed to attend
a meeting but are unable,
please contact
Carmelina – 705-942-3916

“No Shows” Cost Us $$

THANK YOU Callers!!!

If you are willing to help the telephone committee, contact
 Carmelina, 705-942-3916

RTOERO District 3 – 1,193 members and growing!

LETTER to the Editor: Ontario’s Bill 7 ‘smacks’ of ageism 

Legislation that deprives seniors of informed consent to health care is a “cruel and ineffective” way to solve a crisis.

 Facing a long-foreseen crisis in Ontario’s hospital care, the Ford government has recently announced a plan which it says will free up much-needed beds in hospitals across the province. 

Bill 7, the ‘More Beds, Better Care Act,’ will allow the forcing of elderly patients into long term care facilities not of their choosing. This legislation will have implications and consequences well beyond what most Ontarians, particularly seniors, consider acceptable for themselves or their loved ones.

Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Hospital and University Health Network. He is also the Director of Health Policy Research at the National institute on Ageing. According to Dr. Sinha, “This really can hasten people’s demise when you send them to a place they don’t want to be. It may not be a place that can meet their needs.” 

This new long term care plan will allow patients to be sent far from their home and their loved ones. These loved ones often include substitute decision makers who have power of authority. Being close to the long-term care resident is important for monitoring a resident’s well-being. Due to the long distances between communities, patients in northern Ontario have a greater risk being of sent hundreds of kilometres from home.

Jane EMeadus is a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly who fights for the rights of those in long-term care homes, hospitals, and psychiatric facilities. She joins many seniors and long-term care advocates who are outraged at the government’s announcement that disrespects the needs of patients.

“What this also does is take away the fundamental cornerstone of consent, which is built into our legislation, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, that certain things require consent, especially in the medical context, and this is no different,” she said. “This is a breach of fundamental justice and fundamental rights of people, specifically the elderly and people who are disabled.”  Meadus said the only appeal process mentioned in the bill is if a patient is deemed ineligible for long-term care. “There’s no way to appeal if you are being forced into a home that you don’t want to go to.”

The long-term care system, like the hospital sector in Ontario, is in crisis. Staffing levels are unsafe and well below acceptable levels. Multiple long-term care homes in Ontario are still without air conditioning. Many are presently in Covid outbreak. Many homes are the same long-term care homes, under private for-profit ownership, where thousands of long-term care residents died of neglect over the last few years. None of them were ever fined. None of them lost their license.

Surely no-one should be forced to take up residence in any of these homes. While the government promises that this legislation will allow hospital patients awaiting a bed to be transferred to a “temporary” home while they await space in their preferred home, temporary is not defined.  It could mean days, weeks, months, years. And in all likelihood, people at this stage in life could die alone and far from their families. 

Legislation that deprives a senior of informed consent to health care smacks of ageism. Sacrificing the vulnerable once again is a cruel and ineffective way to solve a health care crisis. This is a crisis whose growth has been documented over many years while successive governments have failed miserably to address it. It has not been caused by our hospitals’ ALC patients and their rights and well-being should not be sacrificed in a futile attempt to solve it. The right to health care does not diminish with age.  And putting pressure on one part of the health care sector already in crisis in order to help another will not work either. 

Surely, we can do better by the generation that built our society.

The Ontario government decided to forego the usual legislative process of sending the bill to public hearings, in effect denying the public the opportunity to examine the bill, ask questions and provide input.

In Ontario, frail seniors and the disabled are being treated like criminals, in that they have lost the right to choose where to live and receive medical care. And it is according to government plan.

Marie DellaVedova, District 3 Political Advovacy

Importance of providing your
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District 3 RTOERO Foundation Report

District Three supports the RTOERO Foundation through bereavement donations on behalf of our members, and families. Since January,2022, we have made donations of $360. In addition, the $500 charitable donation that Bernice Whalen received as a recipient of the RTOERO Distinguished District Member Award, 2022, was also made to the Foundation. Thank you for your generosity, Bernice.

The RTOERO Foundation supports a variety of research projects.

 

The RTOERO Foundation recently awarded a grant to the University of Alberta for a fascinating research project called Mentally Healthy Living After Social Distancing. The project requires input from older adults across Canada.

 

For many older people, social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant living alone at home in isolation, with many people experiencing moderate to severe anxiety, fear, and loneliness. Older Canadians have been the most at-risk for mental and physical harm during the pandemic and are now needing to move out of isolation and back into physically safer social spaces. Their mental health struggles could linger long after social distancing lifts and the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

 

The Foundation also supports the interactive opportunity “Chime in”. You can chat with members/colleagues across Canada.

 

We can be proud of the influence of the RTOERO Foundation in the support of Seniors across Canada.

 

 

 

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