Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month: October

When I saw a link posted on LinkedIn re: Patient-Centered Care Awareness month, I thought this is great! I recently attended a 2 day conference in the Toronto area that focused on Patient Experience and the importance of healthcare making a transition or shift that involves the patient in every aspect of healthcare. I am currently…

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National Forum on Patient Experience Conference- Day 1

The conference opened with Dr. Vaughan Glover, CEO, Canadian Association for People-Centered Health (CAPCH) welcoming everyone and he was also the moderator for the two-day conference. He generously gave all three hundred attendees a copy of his book, Journey to Wellness: Designing a People-Centered Health System for Canadians. The opening address was with Leslee Thompson,…

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Social Work, Leadership and Community

A fabulous leadership book which has  important lessons for any profession is Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage by Richard Stengel. Where Westernized society is focused on individualism with its roots in the Renaissance,  the culture that Mandela comes from believes in ubuntu-brotherhood. A phrase that comes from a Zulu proverb, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabanto which…

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Seeking Action for Safety in Long Term Care Facilities

Advocacy, one of the core competencies in the profession of social work. It is one skill that I was taught both in graduate school and as a professional over the past 15 years, it is a skill I take to heart. On February 9, 2013 a documentary W5, Crisis in Care, reported by Sandi Rinaldo…

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A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”

by Victoria Brewster, MSW My initial write-up focused on the first half of the book. (https://northernmsw.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/ashley-judds-all-that-is-bitter-and-sweet/). This write-up focuses on the second half of the book which is part of Ashley Judd’s treatment, healing and acceptance of self along with her continued humanitarian work with Population Services International (PSI) (http://www.psi.org/). Treatment occured after she participated…

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Housing for Older Adults with Physical Limitations

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I came across this article on housing for seniors/older adults with high needs in London, Ontario. Everything about the housing unit is for an individual who is in a wheelchair and has physical disabilities. Wide doorways, low light switches, a shower built for a wheelchair to roll right in, doors that…

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A Definition of Family

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Family, the word has many definitions depending on who is defining it. Family can be parents and children, husband and wife, extended family members of cousins, aunts and uncles and then there are friends. Family, in a helping professional sense can take on another meaning as well. Here in the Montreal…

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Wisdom to be Gained from ‘Morrie: In His Own Words…’

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am reading yet another wonderful book. Morrie Schwartz sheds some wisdom on what it is like to be diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease, (ALS) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Imagine a disease that robs you of use of your arms, legs, hands, swallowing, eating, all but breathing until…

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Needed Services for Older Adults/Seniors

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I would love to get a discussion going regarding the needed services for older adults/seniors. No matter what country or community you live in, there are services lacking. Baby-Boomers will enter the 65+age bracket at an alarming rate every year for the next 20 years. The oldest Baby-Boomer will turn 66-67…

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