Monday, May 5, 2014

My Latest for the National Post: Crushing the Caregivers

Here's my latest article for the National Post, an essay on the unworkable, unrelenting 24-caregiver model in Canada.

"Crushing the Caregivers".

I would be very interested to hear what you think, particularly if you have a disabled relative, or have friends who do.

"In Canada, as in other civilized countries, the sick are hospitalized, with nurses and doctors assigned to their care 24 hours a day. We don’t expect individuals with debilitating medical problems (that are of no fault of their own, or even of their own doing) to take care of themselves. Why should the care of severely physically and/or mentally disabled individuals be any different?"

"We would never say “It’s your kid, do the appendectomy at home.” Or “Sorry, do the heart transplant at home,” or “Your parents will have to deal with that gunshot wound.” But this is the system of care we have in place for the severely disabled. Why?"