My grandmother has always been the matriarch of my large family. With nine children, 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, she has lived a full life and has always been an important figure. She had a stroke this past July and it has left the family feeling helpless. This is not because she can no longer live on her own or garden, it is the fact she has been almost forgotten by the health-care system.
After a short stay in the hospital to recover, she was sent to a rehabilitation centre with only 28 beds. She was finally sent to the temporary care unit of the Laurentian Hospital to await a nursing home.
I know that my grandmother is not the only one in this situation. With the system in the north in such critical situation, families are faced with the horror that their loved ones may have to accept nursing beds on Manitoulin Island because we are considered in the same district.
With the many baby boomers approaching old age, it is important for us to address this issue before it is too late and the health-care system is even more swamped with patients in need of temporary and long-term care.
In every place my grandmother has been there have been terrific caregivers, nurses and doctors. But they cannot do their jobs and help as many people without proper funding.
If we press this issue together maybe we can make a difference for your grandparent, mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or maybe even your child.