More help is needed

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Alzheimer’s care

I am frus­trated and ap­palled with our health care sys­tem. My el­derly neigh­bour Bob, who suf­fers from Alzheimer’s, was just brought home by an off duty po­lice of­fi­cer. Ap­par­ently he had wan­dered off, un­be­knownst to his wife, in the early morn­ing. She did not hear the alarms on her doors go off to warn her. Luck­ily a tragedy was averted this time. Two nurs­ing homes have turned down this fam­ily in cri­sis be­cause he needs a lock­down floor and none are avail­able. There are over 200 peo­ple in cri­sis wait­ing. Do we have to wait un­til this dear man is lost and found dead be­cause there was no help for him? Do we have to wait un­til his lov­ing wife has a stroke try­ing to care for him?

Where is their help? So far CCAC hasn’t found the an­swer. Day pro­grams and PSWs is not enough! The safety of this de­voted cou­ple is at risk.

Don’t let this beau­ti­ful 60-year mar­riage end in tragedy. Donna Do­broski, Hamil­ton

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