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COVID-19 shutdown has had drastic consequences for many seniors, says P.E.I. geriatrician

Dr. Martha Carmichael says she believes loneliness led to deaths in some cases A P.E.I. geriatrician says many older adults have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic in ways from which they may not be able to recover. Dr. Martha Carmichael, the province’s only internist geriatrician, says the health of many seniors living at home or in long-term care has declined. …

Albertans who live alone will be allowed to visit 1 other household once over the holidays, premier says

Alberta reported 11 more deaths on Tuesday, bringing total to 871, but active cases are trending downward People who live alone in Alberta will be allowed to attend one event at another household over the coming holiday long weekend, says Premier Jason Kenney. A change to public health restrictions will allow these Albertans to visit another home on one occasion …

Ontario Opening Specialized Care Centre in Greater Toronto Area

New spaces being created to provide quality care for long-term care residents TORONTO — The Ontario government is opening a new Specialized Care Centre to provide care for long-term care residents in the Greater Toronto Area who must be temporarily relocated due to the challenging situation in their long-term care home. The new Specialized Care Centre will operate as a …

Families plead for help as coronavirus outbreaks worsen at Toronto long-term care homes

Ontario to open emergency facility for residents in need of temporary relocation Family members of residents in Toronto’s long-term care homes are pleading for more government support as deadly outbreaks continue to surge amid the second wave of COVID-19. There are active outbreaks in 162 LTC homes according to the province’s latest count, which represents just over a quarter of …

Docs Cheer Medicare’s OK to Off-Site Hospital Care

Recent regulatory actions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay for hospital care outside of traditional inpatient sites were welcomed by some physician groups. The policy updates will reimburse hospitals to provide in-home, hospital-level telehealth care for patients with acute conditions and will pay for both inpatient and outpatient care in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) temporarily …