Archive: Your Health Season 3 Episode 27 - Homecare Special

Your Health

This program is a special one-hour special edition of your Health and our report on Homecare. We examine homecare services in Ontario and whether they're meeting the needs of the sick, the frail and the elderly. The Mike Harris government created Community Care Access Centers in the late 90's. They were to be one-stop shopping centers for people who needed nursing and homemaking assistance in the hope that they'd be able to stay out of institutions like hospitals and nursing homes. But did anyone anticipate that the shift toward homecare would involve such a reliance on family members? We meet Rose, who has given up her freedom and her career to care for her elderly parents. Next, a family and a single mother who are caring for their severely disabled children at home - and the cost involved. And we also hear from community nurses. Each piece is followed by a studio discussion. Guests include Susan Donaldson, Irene Harrison, Walter Robinson, Barbara McCormack and Professor Karen Parent. The program concludes with an interview with Helen Johns, Associate Minister of Health.
Aired:
Feb 26, 2002
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