SWAG minutes from..“What Social Workers “Must” do to help Seniors and their Families in Ontario

Minutes from SWAG October meeting, from Beverlee McIntosh.

SWAG October 20, 2016

Events/Information/Did you knows…:

Abbotsford Seniors Centre/Glebe Centre –

OCT. 22/16  1st Annual HARVEST WINE AND FOOD PAIRING.  950 Bank Street (the old stone house)    5:30 pm

NOVEMBER 26/16 – 41st ANNUAL BAZAAR; 950 Bank Street (the old stone house) 10:00 am – 2:30 pm


Alzheimer’s Society’s Caregiver’s Series –  Transitioning to LTC process–

OCT. 24/16  from 1-3pm Transitioning to LTC by Beverlee Macintosh .    Presentation is taking place at Madonna LTC

NOV 29/16 from 1-3 pm Transition to LTC  –   Presentation taking place at Stonehaven Retirement Residence in Kanata


Employment Opportunity with Peter D. Clark LTC– by Kerri-Anne Ede (Gary J. Armstrong)

Peter D. Clarke LTC  is looking for a Social Worker for full-time temporary position covering a sick leave.   They are unsure how long but at least until the end of March.    SW position is for a BSW or MSW, will need to belong to the College of OCSWSSW.  Will be posted within a few days on the City of Ottawa website:    Ottawa.ca under jobs.


Aphasia Centre

NOV 5/16  Trivia Night Fundraiser –  Kanata Golf and Country Club  – 6:30pm dinner followed by Trivia.

Cost: 50$         Contact: 613-277-7172 or stiell@sympatico.ca


The Good Companions

DEC 3/15 –  Bazaar

Programs Without Walls – Alzheimer’s Presentation by phone

  • Currently in the 2nd year of 3 year funding


Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre

NOV 4/16  AGM  & the centre is in the midst of planning the Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations


Council on Aging

NOV 7/16  Murder Mystery entitled “Silence of the Hams” at The Prescott Hotel on 379 Preston Street

75$ per ticket including dinner (tax receipts for a portion of the cost)


Retire-At-Home Services

Began a new Hospital Discharge program. The patient is collected at the hospital via a Retire-At- Home vehicle and a PSW, they collect any prescriptions, groceries etc and settle them at home. The rate is $60 for 2 hours. Longer hours can be negotiated.



Presenter –Bernard Bouchard: Chief Executive Officer, Maxville Manor (122 Long Term Care beds and 16 Life lease seniors’ townhouses, as well as a seniors respite and outreach services)

Presentation entitled “What Social Workers “Must” do to help Seniors and their Families in Ontario

  • Ottawa’s population is aging.   Currently, seniors account for 12% of the population and this figure will triple by 2031. 
  • In Ontario, there are 633 LTC Homes containing 77,747 Beds and an occupancy rate of 98.9%
  • The Government is hoping the population of seniors will decrease by 2036 so they plan to use a “wait it out” approach and not fund any more LTC beds.
  • Bernard argued that there has been no movement on the waiting lists according to the Stats he presented.  
  • He encouraged Social Workers to critically analyze the government’s Waiting List statistical methods and felt that the waiting lists aren’t reliable and accurate.  

As opposed to the Government using the “Median” which is the value for which 50% of observations are lower and 50% are higher, he recommended that they could use the “Average” instead.   


What Social Workers “Must” do to help Seniors and their Families:

  1. Advocate for data with integrity than better reflects the client’s and family experience ( new statistical measure maybe average wait time)
  2. Support community solutions and increase funding to avoid long term care placements
  3. Advocate for more long term care licensed beds to reduce unfair wait times
  4. Mobilize Seniors Groups through Social Media to hold Government agencies accountable for their spending of public dollar.   Do we really need more levels of government?
  5. Argue for less paperwork and more hands on care
  1. Empower seniors and the families to require better system navigation information to hold service providers accountable
  2. Encourage new social workers to work for agencies that don’t maintain the current status quo

Short Video Clip shown to represent the Family Perspective and Stress:


Waiting times from the LIHN network for LTCH in Ottawa:



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