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What’s wrong with this situation? Larry Torrington would be in hospital indefinitely if not for two white knights

Hugh Adami, The Ottawa Citizen

Larry Torrington has been at Bruyère since late April, after having his right leg amputated below the knee. He needed a $4,800 ramp at home, but there was no money to build him one, so he was kept at Saint-Vincent Hospital since late August at a cost of about $93,500.

Health-care industry ripe for growth

 Aging baby boomers wanting to stay home will need more and more assistance

Derek Sankey, Post Media News, The Ottawa Citizen

The latest entrant into the increasingly competitive field of home health-care is not only ripe for rapid growth, it’s also maturing and evolving in new directions that cater to a changing generation of seniors: they want to live in their own homes and on their own terms, but that comes at a price.

Co-ed hospital room angers woman’s daughter

Hugh Adami, The Ottawa Citizen

If the word “dread” comes to mind when you think about being admitted to hospital, Patricia Grant can give you another little thought to worry about. It’s no secret that, when every hospital bed is taken, unfortunate souls in a clogged-up emergency department can be stuck there for days before an in-patient bed becomes available. But what about a man and a woman – perfect strangers – sharing the same hospital room? That’s what is happening to Grant’s 89-year-old mother, Mary Workman of Kemptville, who was admitted to the Queensway Carleton on November 11 with a broken hip.

How much does dying cost Canadians

Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail

This article was part of the Globe’s in-depth series on the agonizing decisions surrounding end-of-life care in the 21st century.

Of all the financially grim statistics confronting Canadian health care, this ranks among the grimmest: about 25 per cent of all health-care costs are devoted to caring for patients in their last year of life. Provincial governments are scrambling to contain health-care spending, even as an aging population begins to place increasing demands on the system. Yet there is also a growing recognition among policy makers that the cannot make efficient spending decisions without a better understanding of the economics of death.

When it’s time to die: Home is where the heart is

Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail

Ten days after bringing him home from the hospital, Irene Geley watched her 86-year-old father, Stefan Kuszper, die. The last 15 minutes were terrible, she remembers – his breathing changed, his face was jerking and his chin was twitching. The last shot of morphine, to ease his pain, was injected by her hands.