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Niagara Falls care home left husband in the dark about wife

Peter Goffin, Staff Reporter, The Toronto Star

For 59 years, Fred Rieser never made a decision without his wife, Alma, by his side. But, when it came time for him to make decisions on his wife’s behalf, with Alma beset by Alzheimer’s and Fred designated to speak for her, he was locked out, he says. the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care has found that Millennium Trail Manor care home in Niagara Falls, ON, failed to involved cognitively impaired resident Alma Rieser’s substitute decision-maker – her husband Fred Rieser – in discussions about her care in the final days of her life. Alma Rieser, 88, died at Millennium Trail Manor in February 2016. Fred Rieser says that in the four days leading up to her death, as Alma suffered symptoms of pneumonia and was given multiple medications, staff never once spoke to him about his wife. In a July 14, 2016 report, the Ministry determined that Millennium Trail Manor was in “non-compliance” with the province’s Long-term Care Homes Act, when it “failed to ensure that the resident’s substitute decision-maker was given an opportunity to participate fully in the development and implementation of the resident’s plan of care.”

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Thank you for being a friend … Meet a new generation of golden girls

Tracy Hanes, Freelance Real Estate Writer, The Toronto Star

Meet Louise Bardswich, Martha Casson, Bev Brown and Sandy McCully, aged 65 to 71, who share ownership of a 3,400-square-foot home in Port Perry, where they all live. While the women are still active and independent, they didn’t like the housing choices available to them as they thought about growing older. “My mother was in a retirement home and Martha bought a house with her mother so she could take care of her,” says Bardswich, who, like Casson, is a retired college administrator (Brown and McCully are retired nurses). “But those options didn’t appeal to us.” They didn’t want to impose on their children, they didn’t like the steep cost of retirement-home living, or the idea of living alone in a condo apartment. Bardswich and Casson heard about co-ownership, a common concept in the UK, and felt it could be a fit in Ontario.

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Sunnybrook hospital broke law by enforcing do-not-resuscitate order, says watchdog

The Toronto Star, Eric Andrew-Gee, Staff Reporter

Health Professions Appeal and Review Board rules the College of Physicians should reopen a case against doctors who refused to continue treating an 88-year-old vet against the family’s wishes

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Sunnybrook Hospital is at the centre of an end-of-life case that has deep implications for families seeking to keep terminally ill relatives alive against medical advice.

Doctors at one of Toronto’s biggest hospitals violated provincial law when they imposed a do-not-resuscitate order on a dying man without consulting his daughter, Ontario’s medical watchdog has ruled.  It’s a case that could have major legal implications for families and physicians clashing over the kind of treatment to give terminally ill patients, a debate that has roiled the Canadian medical community and legal system in recent years.