Loneliness, falls and over-medicating afflict seniors in B.C care homes

“While all facilities receive funding from health authorities, two-thirds are run by private companies and only four per cent of those get enough money to provide the full 3.36 hours of care. The rest of the homes are run by the health authorities and one third of those are able to reach that goal. Indeed, more than 60 facilities across B.C. are cutting their residents short by a half-hour or more every day — that’s 30 minutes less help for bathing, dressing or just having a conversation.

Baumbusch, the UBC expert, said it’s unfortunate this disparity exists in a system in which people waiting for residential care must go to the first facility with an available bed, and then remain on waiting lists for other places they may prefer.

“I don’t think it’s fair to people moving into a first-available-bed system: ‘You are going to go wherever we put you, but we can’t promise you a staffing level,’” she said.”

#Greek2Street: Jennifer Baumbusch  on KT with Families in Long Term Residential Care 

June 11, 2018
Arthritis Broadcast Network

Q&A: Jennifer Baumbusch on the Impact of Family Councils on Long-term Care
August 27, 2017
BC Care Providers Association

“Family councils are interesting because they’re one of only two formalized ways that family members can be involved in care; the other way is care conferences which is a very individualized approach. Family councils stand as the only collective way for families to get together to advocate and participate in decision-making.”


Late Life Issues & Innovations: Panel 8: Quality End of Life Care in Long Term & Hospice Settings
May, 15 2017

This year’s conference, organized and hosted in cooperation with the AGE-WELL Network, BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and the SFU Continuing Studies Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program, focused on key late life issues including housing, coping with frailty and the need for care (who will provide it, where); how to stay connected to family, friends and community when physical and/or cognitive changes occur; expressing one’s wishes with respect to care at the end of life and dying with dignity; protection and transfer of assets and protection from abuse and neglect.

“Getting Old? Get Ready”
September 8, 2017

“…In the next 30 years, the number of elderly Canadians needing assistance is expected to double – there are now more seniors than there are kids in Canada. And Canadians 65 and older will continue to rise; by 2024 they will account for 20.1% of the population, reports Stats Canada.”


Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six month of life
UBC news
June 29, 2017

“Sixty per cent of residents reported consistent low or mild pain, while around 34 per cent reported moderate or severe pain across different assessment periods. This tells us that once the pain was present it remained constant, and few residents saw any improvement as they approached death,”


The Globe and Mail: Making Art for Making Place, Dr. Alison Phinney
December 15, 2015

Alison Phinney, left, Landon Mackenzie, centre, and Michael Wilson

Alison Phinney, left, Landon Mackenzie, centre, and Michael Wilson

The art, the study’s authors have found, did have an impact – but it wasn’t what they had expected. The work didn’t simply help orient the residents or liven up the space. It enlivened the residents.



CBC The Current interview with Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch
October 6, 2015

The current

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Vancouver Sun interview with Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch
September 29, 2015

vancouver sun - sept 29 jennifer QA

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Global National News interview with Dr. Baumbusch
September 29, 2015

glocal interview

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Alzheimer Canada Researcher Profile on Dr. Alison Phinney
April 27, 2015