News from Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)
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The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released two papers today in their series of commissioned research from external experts across Canada, part of their project, Improving the Last Stages of Life.
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Ontario comments on 'Use of antipsychotics soaring at Ontario nursing homes' article
ACE (Advocacy Centre for the Elderly) has responded to the Toronto Star article of April 15 titled "Use of antipsychotics soaring at Ontario nursing homes."
Topics in the ACE Winter issue include "Home First" – Is It Right for You?, Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, Long-Term Care rate reductions, and misuse of powers of attorney for personal care.
Supreme Court of Canada decides that physicians may not unilaterally discontinue life-sustaining treatment
From the ACE Winter 2014 Newsletter - In October 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its judgment in Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, 2013 SCC 53. In a divided 5-2 decision, the majority of the Court held that physicians in Ontario may not unilaterally withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a critically ill patient without either the informed consent of the patient (or his or her substitute decision-maker if the patient is incapable), or the permission of an Ontario administrative tribunal (the Consent and Capacity Board).
ACE, ARCH, and HALCO intervened for the rights of patients and SDMs against the ability of physicians to make a unilateral decision on the withdrawal of life support.
ACE Successful in having the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Commit to Full Annual Inspections
The Ministry acknowledged ACE's ongoing advocacy on behalf of older adults in Ontario and announced the hiring of 100 additional inspectors for LTC homes.
Topics in the Spring/Summer issue of ACE's newsletter include privacy Issues in Long-Term Care, complaints in retirement homes, and changes to the Interim Federal Health Program and the effects on refugee claimants.
The Fall 2012 ACE newsletter has articles on retirement home licensing fees, accommodation rates in long-term care, and sprinklers and other outcomes of the Muskoka Heights Retirement Residence fire.
Topics include proposed changes to Old Age Security, new lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy, what you should know if you live in a retirement home, and Long Term Care Home Task Force on Resident Care and Safety Action Plan.
Date Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Time 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Place Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th floor, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., Toronto
Contact Tammy Gillard
This free lecture features Dr. Samir K. Sinha and Dr. Andrea Moser speaking the challenges in meeting the needs of the rapidly aging population in Ontario for appropriate care services.
Judith Wahl, Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), says licensing requirements and care standards enforceable by a body separate from the industry are required to support and protect retirement home tenants.
Topics in the ACE Fall/Winter 2011 newsletter include a court case about when to withdraw a patient from life support, reprisals against whistle-blowers, CPP and OAS issues, and consent to sexual activity.
Topics in the ACE Newsletter include Home First policy, charges in hospital, spousal reunification in long-term care, and dealing with collection agencies.
Topics include discharge from hospital to long-term care, GIS benefits for employed low-income seniors, Retirement Homes Act, fire safety in residences for seniors, and no legal duty for adult children to supervise parents living independently.
Date October 28, 2010 to October 30, 2010
Where Delta Chelsea Hotel, downtown Toronto
The theme of this year's conference is "Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law," and it will explore issues of elder rights, ageism and the law, access to justice, and law reform for older persons.
Date October 28, 2010 to October 30, 2010
Where Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
This is a call for papers and announcement of the Canadian Conference on Elder Law, whose theme is Developing an Anti-Ageist Approach to the Law. The deadline for abstracts is July 16, 2010.
Topics in the ACE Newsletter include ACE's concerns about Bill 21, graduated de-licencing of older drivers, the Apology Act, RRSPs and bankruptcy, and a special insert on the new Long-Term Care Homes Act.