Ms. Donna Butts

Executive Director

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many more families to be food insecure, and has posed unique challenges for grandfamilies or grandparents and other relatives raising children whose parents cannot raise them. Pre-pandemic, many families relied on food provided through schools and nonprofit food banks. Schools, which closed due to the pandemic, needed to pivot to create methods to distribute breakfast and lunch. Some schools were quick to create solutions, like sending food through bus routes, ... Read More

Ms. Donna Butts

Executive Director

For many older adults, the COVID19 pandemic has been a period of fear and intense isolation. Facing higher risk of serious COVID symptoms, basic and essential tasks such as grocery shopping, seeking medical care, and visiting with family and friends were now potentially life-threatening and, for many, had to be done away with completely. Confined to their homes with limited or no social contact for months on end, many older adults experienced depression, anxiety and apathy related to social isol... Read More

Dr. Joel Sadavoy

Medical Director Reitman Centre and Professor Psychiatry

While conversion of private NHs to public non-profit status has been advocated, this may be a difficult goal to reach. However, given the potential conflict between profits and adequate type and levels of care in the largest sector of the NH system, government regulation based on enhanced evidence-based standards appears to be essential. The complexity of care for seniors in NHs suggests that developing standards would be most effective if based on a client-centred, problem solving approach ie f... Read More

Dr. Joel Sadavoy

Medical Director Reitman Centre and Professor Psychiatry

Elders in long term care are a highly vulnerable population who, in the main, by virtue of physical or mental disorders must give up independent life in the community because they can no longer manage to sustain themselves. The majority suffer from some form of dementia so they are helpless to effectively advocate for themselves and are reliant on the facility or family caregivers to recognize and respond to their needs. Improved home care has allowed seniors to stay in the community longer, res... Read More

Dr. Prakash Tyagi

Executive Director of GRAVIS and Founder-Director of GRAVIS Hospital

To understand primary health-care principles, it is important to remember the "health" definition of WHO, that states - "health is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of diseases or of infirmity."PHC is one of the most important blocks of health-care services. According to WHO and UNICEF, "PHC is a whole-of-society approach to health that aims at ensuring the highest possible level of health and well-being and their equitable distribution by foc... Read More

Prof. Antony Bayer

Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Cardiff University

Primary health care principles centre on accessibility, health promotion at individual and community level, and patient management that is personalised and encompasses illness prevention, reablement and palliative care, as well as cure. The focus of all activity is on maximising quality of life.

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