Though our Canadian healthcare system is more than what some people even have, like anything else, there is always room to grow and change to become more effective, efficient … and compassionate.
Though I had not seen much of my Dad since my Mom and he separated and he moved on with his new life, I moved back to Kincardine in August of 2011, to help him with his transitions based on his developing healthcare needs.
During the two plus years since I have been here, Dad has been forced out of his home by his wife who could not look after him because of her own challenges plus because his needs required more constant care and attention than just bringing in a support person for a few hours could do.
Dad was moved into a retirement home in July and by the next April, after an incident and a brief hospital stay, was then moved to the second choice of two nursing/long-term care facilities and just seven months later, just a few days ago, was moved into our first choice nursing/long-term care home.
Other than the changes in our Dad, what has astounded me the most are the efforts required, not to care of him as much as the duplication, triplication etc. required to convey information to so many different groups of people and not just to the three different places he has lived.
Like most jobs I have done, my analytic, creative and helpful nature not only provides me with strong observational skills, but also the ability to often provide viable suggestions to help make things better … to fill in the cracks and gaps so what was in place, grows, like we need to, in order to keep meeting the changing needs and to make the lives impacted better.
As a result, instead of writing an article or two about the gaps and cracks, I am taking on the challenge two healthcare professionals have pressed me to do … to continue with my advocacy, though rather than in scattered efforts, I have decided a comprehensive book would best reach, not just the healthcare system, but those who rely on it … because then we can get everyone connected and focused on where people, our loved ones, are not getting what they need and in some cases, are being disrespected and even being harmed.
This is one of the two books I expect to be working on this winter. The other is the fiction, DARK HORSES, the complimentary behind-the-scenes story of why and how Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE book and global initiative was developed.
I will keep you posted on the book’s status, publication date and publisher.
October 28, 2013
Kaitlin A. Trepanier
All Rights Reserved by DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS/KAITLIN A. TREPANIER, Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE Developer, Author, Speaker, Playwright, Altruistic Entrepreneur, and Human Rights Activist … because every child should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED