FULL/HIDDEN REPORT: Review Progress on Transition from Military to Civilian Life

FULL/HIDDEN REPORT: Review Progress on Transition from Military to Civilian Life / Transforming Veterans Affairs Canada

A hidden report from VAC.

Hitachi Consulting believes that VAC and others have conducted sufficient studies and analyses in recent months and years in order to take action now to make significant improvement in transition success.

Click here to view the report: http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/VACDND_Services-Benefits/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Review-Progress-on-Transitions-from-Military-to-Civilian-Life-Rev-1.0.pdf

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Obligation of physician to fill out 3rd party forms / Obligation du médecin de remplir des formulaires de tiers parite

Obligation of physician to fill out 3rd party forms / Obligation du médecin de remplir des formulaires de tiers parite

In the up coming weeks CVA, will contact all College of Physicians Canada wide to verify the obligation of physician in filling out 3rd party forms. We know that in Ontario they must.

Au cours des prochaines semaines, CVA communiquera avec l’ensemble des Collège des médecins du Canada afin de vérifier l’obligation du médecin de remplir les formulaires de tierces parties. Nous savons qu’en Ontario, ils doivent.

ONTARIO

Please use the following link to review the College’s policy on Third Party Reports: http://www.cpso.on.ca/policies/policies/default.aspx?ID=1658
There is a specific section in this policy which discusses the College’s expectations regarding a physician’s obligation to complete a third party report. The policy states that “The obligation to provide a report will depend on whether the physician has a treating relationship with the subject of the report. Treating physicians are obligated to provide reports about their own patients when proper consent is provided.”
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the telephone number listed below.
Sincerely,
Jill Weroski
Advisor, Advisory Services Department
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
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Military Family Services is conducting a survey to determine the needs of parents of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members

English

Military Family Services is conducting a survey to determine the needs of parents of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their spouses, and the needs of CAF members and their spouses who care for parents, and we would like to invite you to participate.  Your input will help us to serve you better now and into the future.  The results of the survey will assist us in better meeting your needs and providing the services you value. We value your opinion and thank you in advance for your participation.

Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis authorizes the administration of this survey within Department of National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces in accordance with Defence Administrative Order and Directives (DAOD) 5062-0 and 5062-1. The SSRRB Coordination and Authorization number is 1722/17-F.

Your participation is completely voluntary and you have a choice to end your participation without consequence at any time.  Participation involves completing this online web-based survey, which should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  You can expect a range of questions covering a variety of topics such as basic demographics, stressors facing parents of CAF members, supports to families of military personnel, etc. A list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support service contact numbers can be accessed online by clicking this link here that you may use at any point if you feel any stress or discomfort as a result of these questions.

You do not have to answer any questions that you do not wish to. The information you provide will be summarized, in anonymous format, in the body of the final report. At no time will any specific responses be attributed to you. All source documentation will be kept strictly confidential.

If you would like to participate, please use the link below to open the survey.

https://cfmws.checkbox.ca/Parents-of-CAF-Needs-Assessment-2018.aspx

Should you have any comments or questions regarding this survey, please feel free to contact Lynda Manser, Senior Manager Strategic Program Development, Military Family Services; Deputy Director, Comprehensive Military Family Plan ([email protected]).

 

 

French

Les Services aux familles des militaires (SFM) effectuent ce sondage pour déterminer les besoins des parents des membres des Forces armées canadiennes (FAC), et les besoins des membres et leurs conjoints que s’occupent des parents. Vos commentaires nous aideront à mieux vous servir, maintenant et à l’avenir. Votre opinion nous est précieuse, et nous vous remercions à l’avance de votre participation.

Votre participation est tout à fait volontaire et vous pouvez y mettre fin à tout moment, sans conséquence. Pour participer, vous devez remplir ce sondage en ligne, ce qui vous prendra environ 30 minutes.

Vous pouvez vous attendre à différents types de questions, notamment des questions à choix multiple, des questions par oui ou non, des questions utilisant une échelle de notation et des questions à réponse courte. Les sujets abordés peuvent toucher notamment vos caractéristiques sociodémographiques, les facteurs de stress qui touchent les parents des membres des FAC et les autres ressources de soutien que votre famille utilise. Une liste de numéros de téléphone de personnes-ressources des FAC est accessible en ligne. Vous pouvez vous y référer en tout temps pour obtenir un soutien si des questions vous causent du stress ou un malaise.

Vous ne serez pas tenu de répondre à une question qui pourrait vous occasionner de l’inconfort. Vous pouvez vous retirer de l’étude en tout temps sans pénalité – la participation est entièrement volontaire.

Si vous souhaitez participer, veuillez utiliser le lien ci-dessous pour ouvrir le sondage.

https://cfmws.checkbox.ca/Parents-of-CAF-Needs-Assessment-2018.aspx

Si vous avez des commentaires ou des questions à formuler au sujet du sondage, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec : Lynda Manser, Gestionnaire principale, Élaboration des programmes stratégiques, Services aux familles des militaires, Directrice adjointe, Plan global pour les familles des militaires, [email protected].

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CVA Live FaceBook: VAc Assistance Services, CAF Medical Release Exam and VIP

Canadian Veteran Advocacy FaceBook Live Episode No. 3

WED JAN 24th 21:00 EST (max 30 min)
**VETERANS INDEPENDANCE PROGRAM **
[1] Introduction
[2] Subject of the Day: VETERAN INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM
a. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/veterans-independence-program
b. Assessments http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/policy/document/877
Main area of advocacy: 1. CAF Medical Release Exam 2. ResF, 3. VIP assessments and reassessments
Never a 100% guarantee in success when we intervene and service depends greatly on level of health.
Social Media
Main Web Page | Notre page internet http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/index.html
FaceBook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CdnVetsAdvocacy/
FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianVeteransAdvocacy
FaceBook Page FRANCHOPHONE: Groupe de défense des intérêts des anciens combattants canadiens
Information Repository | Repertoire d’information http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/Board2/index.php
Veterans Affairs Canada, CAF Services and Benefits | Services et avantages des FAC et anciens combattant Canada http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/VACDND_Services-Benefits
We, the veterans, are here to support the soldiers of today and the veterans of tomorrow. Everything we do now, or don’t do will affect these young men and women when they eventually do remove the uniform. Their well-being is paramount. This is the duty of the veteran.
Cell: 438-829-8133 text only
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Canadian Veteran Advocacy FaceBook Live Episode No. 2
WED JAN 17th 21:00 EST (max 30 min) CAF Medical Release Exam
[1] Introduction
[2] Social Media
[3] My Advocacy with CAF, VAC and SISIP
[4] VAC 10 Commandments & Useful links
a. Drug Formulary http://ow.ly/q9T330hCZvp
b. Benefits and Services – (POC) http://ow.ly/ziEX30hCZyL
c. Benefit Grid http://ow.ly/XEyu30hCZBm
d. Policies http://ow.ly/MTic30hCZCQ
e. Fact and Figures http://ow.ly/anK130hCZFg
[5] Brief overview of subjects
a. Recording conversations with VAC & CAF https://legaltree.ca/node/908
b. VIP Denial
c. VAC Assistance Services
d. Role of CM
e. Medication
f. PTSD and consequential conditions
g. Conditions that give you dental
[6] Subject of the Day: CAF Medical Release Exam
Main area of advocacy: 1. CAF Medical Release Exam 2. ResF, 3. VIP assessments and reassessments
Never a 100% guarantee in success when we intervene and service depends greatly on level of health.
Social Media
Main Web Page | Notre page internet http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/index.html
FaceBook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CdnVetsAdvocacy/
FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianVeteransAdvocacy
FaceBook Page FRANCHOPHONE: Groupe de défense des intérêts des anciens combattants canadiens
Information Repository | Repertoire d’information http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/Board2/index.php
Veterans Affairs Canada, CAF Services and Benefits | Services et avantages des FAC et anciens combattant Canada http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/VACDND_Services-Benefits
We, the veterans, are here to support the soldiers of today and the veterans of tomorrow. Everything we do now, or don’t do will affect these young men and women when they eventually do remove the uniform. Their well-being is paramount. This is the duty of the veteran.
Cell: 438-829-8133 text only
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Canadian Veteran Advocacy FaceBook Live Episode No. 1
JAN 5th 14:15 EST (max 30 min) *VAC Assistance Services*
[1] Introduction
[2] Social Media
[3] My Advocacy with CAF, VAC and SISIP
[4] Brief overview of subjects
a. Recording conversations with VAC
b. VIP Denial
c. CAF Medical Release Exam
d. Role of CM
e. Medication
f. PTSD and consequential conditions
g. Conditions that give you dental
[5] Subject of the Day: VAC Assistance Services
Main area of advocacy:
1. CAF Medical Release Exam
2. ResF
3. VIP assessments and reassessments
Never a 100% guarantee in success when we intervene and service depends greatly on level of health.
Social Media
Main Web Page | Notre page internet http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/index.html
FaceBook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CdnVetsAdvocacy/
FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadianVeteransAdvocacy
FaceBook Page FRANCHOPHONE: Groupe de défense des intérêts des anciens combattants canadiens
Information Repository | Repertoire d’information http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/Board2/index.php
Veterans Affairs Canada, CAF Services and Benefits | Services et avantages des FAC et anciens combattant Canada http://canadianveteransadvocacy.com/VACDND_Services-Benefits
Cell: 438-829-8133 text only
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Review Progress on Transition from Military to Civilian Life (HIDDEN REPORT)

Review Progress on Transition from Military to Civilian Life (HIDDEN REPORT)
Transforming Veterans Affairs Canada
Hitachi Consulting believes that VAC and others have conducted sufficient studies and analyses in recent months and years in order to take action now to make significant improvement in transition success.
A hidden report from VAC. Both past and current VAC Minister’s did not release this report.

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Life After Service Survey 2016 – Sondage sur la vie après le service militaire 2016 Sommaire

Life After Service Survey 2016 – Sondage sur la vie après le service militaire 2016 Sommaire

REPORT: http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/LASS-2016-survey-TR2.pdf

The Life After Service Studies (LASS) program of research is designed to further understand the transition from military to civilian life and ultimately improve the health of Veterans in Canada. LASS partners are Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), and Statistics Canada. LASS 2016 expands on the earlier studies from 2010 and 2013 by including family content and a longitudinal component in two major studies: the survey of health and well-being, and the record linkage for pre- and post-release income trends. This technical report provides initial cross-sectional findings for Regular Force Veterans from the 2016 survey. Additional analysis will be covered in subsequent reports.

LASS 2016 survey data was collected by telephone in February and March 2016 by Statistics Canada interviewers who obtained a 73% response rate. Results describe Veterans who released (at post-entry ranks) from the CAF Regular Force between 1998 and 2015.

Findings indicate that 52% of Veterans reported an easy adjustment to civilian life, while 32% reported difficulty. Officers had a lower rate of difficult adjustment (17%), compared to 29% of Senior Non-Commissioned Members (SrNCM) and 39% of Junior Non-Commissioned Members (JrNCM). Veterans with recent releases (between 2012 and 2015) had a higher rate of difficult adjustment (42%), compared to earlier releases between 1998 and 2012 (29%). Compared to those with earlier releases, these recently-released Veterans had higher rates of service in Afghanistan, fair or poor self-rated mental health and less than 10 years of military service, all factors associated with difficult adjustment.

Veterans reported chronic conditions, including arthritis (29%), depression (21%), anxiety (15%), and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (14%), at higher prevalences than Canadians of comparable age and sex. SrNCM had the highest rate of arthritis (40%), and JrNCM had the highest rates of depression (24%), anxiety (18%), and PTSD (18%). Veterans also reported higher rates than Canadians for hearing problems, pain, and activity limitations. Since LASS 2013, the trend for chronic conditions has been increasing, although not statistically significant.

Most Veterans were employed (65%). SrNCM had a lower employment rate (57%) compared to Officers (64%), and JrNCM (70%). The unemployment rate for Veterans was 8%, similar to Canadians of comparable age and sex. Non-labour force activities for Veterans included retirement (16%), on disability (8%), and training (5%). Since LASS 2013, the trend for non-labour force activities has been increasing, although not statistically significant.

Some Veterans experienced low income (4%). This was lower than Canadians of comparable age and sex (14%), and has not changed since LASS 2013. JrNCM had the highest rate (6%). Most Veterans were satisfied with their finances (69%), and has decreased since LASS 2013 (74%). Officers had a higher satisfaction rate (85%) compared to SrNCM (75%), and JrNCM (60%).

LASS 2016 included new content on families. When asked about the effect their release had on the family, most Veterans reported that the transition was easy for their partner (57%) and their children (60%). However, 28% of Veterans indicated their partners had difficulty with their release, and 17% reported their children had difficulty with their release.

LASS findings have provided evidence to inform the efforts of both VAC and DND/CAF to support transition to civilian life. LASS 2016 findings will continue to contribute to improvements to programs, benefits, communications and outreach, to ultimately improve the health and well-being of Veterans in Canada.

Sondage sur la vie après le service militaire 2016
Sommaire

Le programme de recherche Études sur la vie après le service militaire (EVASM) vise à nous aider à mieux comprendre la transition de la vie militaire à la vie civile et en bout de ligne à améliorer la santé des vétérans au Canada. Les partenaires des EVASM sont Anciens Combattants Canada (ACC), le ministère de la Défense nationale/les Forces armées canadiennes (MDN/FAC) et Statistique Canada. Les EVASM 2016 élargissent les études antérieures réalisées en 2010 et 2013 en incluant la dimension familiale et une composante longitudinale dans deux études importantes : l’enquête sur la santé et le bien-être et le couplage de données sur les tendances en matière de revenu avant et après la libération. Ce rapport technique fournit les premières constatations transversales de l’enquête de 2016 pour les vétérans de la Force régulière. Une analyse supplémentaire sera traitée dans des rapports subséquents.

Les données de l’enquête dans le cadre des EVASM 2016 ont été recueillies par téléphone en février et en mars 2016 par des intervieweurs de Statistique Canada qui ont obtenu un taux de réponse de 73 %. Les résultats décrivent les vétérans qui ont été libérés (à des grades postérieurs à l’entrée) de la Force régulière des FAC entre 1998 et 2015.

Les constatations indiquent que 52 % des vétérans ont déclaré que leur transition à la vie civile avait été facile, alors que cette transition a été difficile pour 32 % d’entre eux. Les officiers affichaient un plus faible taux de difficulté d’adaptation (17 %), comparativement aux militaires de rang supérieur (MR sup) (29 %) et aux militaires de rang subalterne (MR sub) (39 %). Les vétérans récemment libérés (entre 2012 et 2015) ont affiché un taux plus élevé de difficulté d’adaptation (42 %), comparativement aux vétérans libérés entre 1998 et 2012 (29 %). Comparativement aux vétérans libérés plus tôt, les vétérans récemment libérés affichaient un taux plus élevé de service en Afghanistan, une auto-évaluation de la santé mentale passable ou mauvaise, et moins de 10 années de service militaire, soit tous des facteurs associés à une adaptation difficile.

Les vétérans ont déclaré souffrir d’affections chroniques, comme l’arthrite (29 %), la dépression (21 %), l’anxiété (15 %) et l’état de stress post-traumatique (ESPT) (14 %), à un taux de prévalence plus élevé que dans la population canadienne de même âge et sexe. Le taux d’arthrite était le plus élevé chez les MR sup (40 %), alors que les MR sub affichaient les taux les plus élevés de dépression (24 %), d’anxiété (18 %) et d’ESPT (18 %). Les taux de problèmes d’audition, de douleur et d’incapacités fonctionnelles étaient plus élevés chez les vétérans que chez les Canadiens. Depuis les EVASM 2013, la tendance pour les affections chroniques a augmenté, mais pas statistiquement significative.

La plupart des vétérans occupaient un emploi (65 %). Le taux d’emploi des MR sup (57 %) était inférieur à celui des officiers (64 %) et des MR sub (70 %). Le taux de chômage chez les vétérans était de 8 %, semblable à celui de la population canadienne de même âge et sexe. Les activités autres que main d’œuvre pour les vétérans comprenaient la retraite (16 %), l’état d’invalidité (8 %) et la formation (5 %). Depuis les EVASM 2013, la tendance pour les activités autres que main d’œuvre a augmenté, mais pas statistiquement significative.

Certains vétérans avaient un faible revenu (4 %). Le taux était inférieur à celui de la population canadienne de même âge et sexe (14 %), et il est inchangé depuis les EVASM 2013. Les MR sub affichaient le taux le plus élevé (6 %). La plupart des vétérans étaient satisfaits de leur situation financière (69 %). Les officiers affichaient le plus haut taux de satisfaction (85 %) comparativement aux MR sup (75 %) et aux MR sub (60 %) et a diminué depuis les EVASM 2013 (74 %).

Les EVASM 2016 comprenaient une nouvelle dimension sur les familles. Lorsqu’on a demandé aux vétérans quelle avait été l’incidence de leur libération sur leur famille, la plupart d’entre eux ont indiqué que la transition avait été facile pour leur partenaire (57 %) et leurs enfants (60 %). Toutefois, 28 % des vétérans ont indiqué que leurs partenaires avaient de la difficulté avec leur libération, et 17 % ont indiqué que leurs enfants avaient eu de la difficulté avec leur libération.

Les résultats des EVASM ont permis de fournir des éléments de preuve pour documenter les efforts d’ACC et du MDN/FAC et appuyer ainsi la transition vers la vie civile. Les résultats des EVASM 2016 continueront de contribuer à l’amélioration des programmes, des avantages, des communications et de la sensibilisation, pour améliorer en bout de ligne la santé et le bien-être des vétérans au Canada.

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MENTAL HEALTH OF CANADIAN VETERANS: A FAMILY PURPOSE

THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS

MENTAL HEALTH OF CANADIAN VETERANS: A FAMILY PURPOSE

http://www.ourcommons.ca/content/Committee/421/ACVA/Reports/RP9055177/421_ACVA_Rpt06_PDF/421_ACVA_Rpt06-e.pdf

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Veterans Affairs Canada MMJ UPDATE POLICY – Partial Victory for Veterans.

Veterans Affairs Canada MMJ UPDATE POLICY – Partial Victory for Veterans.

Veterans Affairs Canada has **backed off from requiring both a pain and psychiatrist** if you have both a physical and psychological condition as of May 15th.

Updated Article
“When both chronic pain and a psychiatric condition are present, additional documentation will be required from either a medical specialist in the treatment of chronic pain or a psychiatrist.”

Past Article
When both chronic pain and a psychiatric diagnosis are present, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist in chronic pain as well as from a psychiatrist. Both medical specialists must be in agreement for approval of reimbursement.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/policy/document/2461

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Ste. Anne’s Hospital…ref Mr. Marcel Beluse ,”A TALE OF TWO CITIES” (OTTAWA &QUEBEC)

Ste. Anne’s Hospital…ref Mr. Marcel Beluse ,”A TALE OF TWO CITIES” (OTTAWA &QUEBEC)

 

 

To Whom It May Concern….and sure as hell it should concern anyone who is at all concerned about the continuing welfare of the hundreds of helpless Veterans still surviving (but hardly thriving) at Ste. Anne’s Hospital, following the April Fool’s Day transfer of that once-fine facility to the ministrations of La Belle Province.

 

Hereunder, you will (I trust) be (dis)pleased to find a verbatim copy of a no-laughing -matter letter recently received from Ms Micheline Beluse, the devoted but disillusioned daughter of a Veteran on my floor, disappointed and despairing of the current care and treatment being tendered to her frail and ailing father.

 

It is my contention, and that of Micheline and a plentitude of other persons partial to the better interests of our vulnerable (albeit not always venerable) Veterans, that the promised prior level of care is not being accorded to them, in accordance with the underlying terms of the Transfer Agreement, which are being blatantly broken and breached at turn after turn, day after day.

 

Such palpable violations are manifested and exemplified in the poignant and pathetic letter below, presented as it is, for what it is, and representing but one voice on behalf of just one of the many other Veterans who are subject to similar egregious experiences, which are all too often, for reasons of feared retaliation, not voiced with volition.

 

It is my fervent plea–and hope– that the elements so expounded and exposed in Ms Beluse’s compelling communication, will be considered and corrected by the Transition Committee, not just as specific situations, but as symptoms of the overall and underlying primary problems permeating Ste. Anne’s Hospital as we know it today Those dire and destructive “TEN PLAGUES” , from which most of the ills besetting the patients infiltrate into their daily life routines, lie embedded within the faults and flaws to be found in the new nature of, and Provincial personnel protocols pertaining to and/or producing, the following :…..

 

STAFF SELECTION …STAFF TRAINING…STAFF SHORTAGES…STAFF ROTATION…

STAFF PART-TIME POSTS…STAFF INDIFFERENCE…STAFF INCOMPETENCE…

STAFF PLACEMENTS…STAFF INSECURITY…and STAFF MORALE, AT ITS VERY NADIR.

 

Now, “cut & paste”, or superimpose that plethora of problems upon the proper level of care pledged to our Veterans, and, inevitably, those negatives will produce a picture of pure chaos, consternation, confusion and concern affecting the patients, in place of the constant core of comfort , contentment and confidence which prevailed in the pre-Provincial period.

 

Unless and until principal personnel policy and procedural changes are promptly and positively designed and implemented by the Transition Committee, fully reinforced by “the full faith and credit” of Veterans Affairs Canada, the   disease duo of decline and deterioration will spread and infect the few, final years left to the final, few Veterans still left, b seeking sanctuary and shelter, in the dwindling shadow of Ste. Anne’s Hospital, originally intended to serve as their penultimate place of peace and rest, not trauma and turmoil.

 

Having pronounced my preamble, I will now clear the way for Ms Micheline Beluse to present her compelling case, on behalf of her father and his fellow-Veterans.

 

NE KAH NE TAH

 

Wolf Solkin

Ste. Anne’s Hospital

 

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July 13 2016

 

Hello, Mr. Solkin

This follows the discussion we had last week and I thank you for your help and patience.

 

On Monday I went to my father’s closet to get him a clean shirt and found that the ones we had put in the wash more than 2 weeks ago had not been returned. I then went to the sock and underwear drawer and found that Dad had not been putting his underwear in the wash. I looked at the socks…I had been wondering why he was washing them himself and found that most of the socks I had bought him were gone. I asked Paul the attendant on Dad’s floor and Gercia the nurse about this and they both said that the people who pick up the bags for the wash don’t sort out what is taken care of at Ste-Anne and the pieces such as facecloths, towels and sheets that are being sent out to an independent facility. The result is that clothes disappear. The independent facility does not return the residents’ clothing despite the fact everything is clearly identified with name, floor, Ste-Anne Hospital. I asked what was being done since I don’t seem to be the first family member to be confused about this…and they had no idea. All they could tell me is that the staff is constantly reminded not to send out the personal clothing but the constant rotation I now have to go buy Dad new clothes, trust that they will be properly identified and returned…but I have my doubts. My Dad is now paranoid about changing his clothes…

 

I have noticed that there is a change in the quality of the food that is fed to the residents. I thought it was just me so I asked the other residents if they had noticed anything as well. Yes they had. As an example, I was with Dad at lunchtime and he had a sandwich, fruit, milk and tea. I was sure dinner would be more copious and better balanced. In fact dinner was a very small helping of baked beans, fries, ketchup and a desert. The residents are not complaining and I asked why…the answer was they are afraid of reprisals and the people attending meals can’t do anything about replacing a meal that is not satisfactory. I am perplexed. The dietician in charge of our unit is Monica, very devoted and attentive to the residents. She is present at almost every lunch time but appears to be unable to control what comes up from the kitchens… In the past the meals were served at a fixed time…on the dot. Now the meals can be up to an hour late. In the past if a resident was unable to eat the food or found it unpalatable or was dissatisfied, a substitute was provided. This no longer happens. The meal is the meal, like it or leave it. I have asked Dad to keep the meal slips for me so that I can see what he is fed since I am not present at all sittings.

 

I have to say that the food at the cafeteria is not what it used to be either…but I am not a resident and have a choice to go elsewhere. The Veterans don’t.

On the subject: One of Dad’s little joys is his daily can of Pepsi. I got a call from Monica last week and she was upset. Apparently the contractor has been changed and only Coke is being served now. Dad got really upset with Monica who can do little about it. She asked me could I please run by the store and bring him some to keep him happy. I did. What I don’t understand is that the little snack bar in the atrium doesn’t seem to have a problem getting soft drinks but the hospital does.

 

We now seem to have won the war of toilet paper penury. To palliate I have brought in extras that I put in the night table by Dad’s bed. It only took a little over a month to convince the staff in charge of sanitation that a person in a wheelchair and who is on stool softeners cannot access the extra rolls set on top of the paper towel dispenser. A little over a month and a few trips to Walmart. M

 

The facecloths and towels are not regularly furnished or replaced. The result is that Dad may have to use the same facecloth and towel for several days…they get to have an unpleasant odor.

 

We now have a problem with the designated ‘family room’. When Dad was admitted and the Federal Government was in charge of Ste-Anne the current situation did not exist. As a family member I am restricted to the use of the bathroom in that room. I cannot use the resident’s facilities…none of them. Now I find that if I need to go to the bathroom, there is likely a staff member there and I have to wait my turn. The staff also uses the room for naps and snacks. Last week I had to ask permission to go use the staff bathroom as the family room’s was occupied but the staff’s wasn’t. From October to April this did not happen once. With personnel cuts this should not happen. The attendants I know say that either they use the family room facilities or have to wait for the relief person to come and take over while they run to the staff bathroom.

 

The family room runs out of soap on a regular basis as does the large resident bathroom in the hallway. I spoke to Simon Leblanc about all this. Nothing has changed.

 

I have asked to meet with Dr. Richer who has now taken over Dad’s care. I hope to see her at the upcoming interdisciplinary meeting on the 22nd. That I know of, there have been no full checkups or bloodwork done on Dad since the takeover. He has gained a lot of weigh and I am concerned. The nurses have put notes in his record. He has also complained about dry eyes and now I’m waiting to see if anything is being done about this. Catching up with the nurse on duty is not always easy.

 

There have been three incidences of nigh orderlies (or nurses, hard to tell) coming into Dad’s room around 4 A.M. to take blood pressure. Waking an older gentleman at that hour is bad enough but what puts him in a fury is that these ‘équipe volante’ persist in putting the sides up on his bed. This happened again last week. Dad was furious and the head nurse on duty had to be called in. Dad considers putting up the sides of his bed unnecessary and entering to his room without prior advice or knocking an invasion of privacy. This is his home and in his home he sleeps in the buff and goes to the bathroom at least twice in the nighthhb…he doesn’t want to hit his head on the metal sides either. The relief people do not read the notes. Fortunately they have stopped trying to take his hearing aids away.

 

I bought batteries for Dad’s hearing aids since the nurses’ cabinet didn’t have more than 2. I was told that all Dad needed to do was go down to the clinic and ask for some. Dad has no idea how to do this and telling him is useless. He has short term memory loss and gets easily disorientated. I will do this for him now. This never happened before the takeover.

 

In April, Dad’s eyeglass frames had to be repaired and the attendant took them to the clinic. The clinic warned that unfortunately the frames were old and couldn’t be repaired again: he needed new glasses. On the 19th Nurse Gercia called for an ophthalmology consult. This was refused because Dad had cancelled his appointment in December while under the influence of a powerful drug administered by the hospital. We were told he would only be seen next December. I had to argue and argue and finally got an appointment on the 19th of June and the glasses are being ordered. If the frames had broken my Dad would have been both hard of hearing and unable to get around…he would have been blind as well.

 

In April, Dad’s wheelchair seat was so soiled that it had become malodorous. I asked that it be cleaned and the request was made. And refused. Apparently this is only done once a year and it wasn’t his turn. It was the attendant Paul who went downstairs and did the cleaning himself. Two attendants are still here from the old set: Paul and Julie. We are very grateful for this.

 

In May, one of the other residents got very belligerent and threatened Dad. He was alarmed and so was I. I had seen that man wheel himself into another resident’s room and pick a fight. The attending nurse had run down the hallway at the ruckus and hurriedly wheeled the man away to his room. Neither Dad nor I knew whether the man was able to cause damage. Both Adrienne and I talked to the head nurse to express our concerned and the whole matter was pretty much dismissed until we said the next time we would have Dad call the police…this was scoffed at as the police could do nothing. We pointed out that at least there would be a record of the event and if things turned ugly the hospital would be held responsible. The situation has not re-occurred and the resident is now nowhere near my father.

 

All and all, Mr. Solkin, things are more and more difficult since the takeover. It seems like a whole lot of little problems and some serious ones are forcing me to have boots on the ground and eyes all around which did not happen under the old regime. I had complete confidence in the care and attention to detail. My Dad was safe and well taken care of. If I had a problem, I would speak to the nurse and she would refer me to the proper department…case solved. Now, I never know what next and I find Dad becoming more irascible as obstacles pile up.

 

Thanks again for your attention and help

 

Micheline Beluse, Marcel Beluse’s daughter

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VAC – Stakeholders

Stakeholders. Lordy, lot of yipping about stakeholders now that victory is within grasp and most, if not all, have now embraced the mandate letter.

I have no idea what the criteria the new government has set reference Stake holder “summit” invitations or involvement on the six advisory groups struck. The CVA were invited by the Conservative government 5 years ago, to date., there has been no change to the status quo other than increased involvement in advisory group activity.

I do not know about many of the “newbies”, there are over thirty organizations now, charities, for profit, some that are obscure. I know that we fought for inclusion, held a D Day “vigil” to remind them of their promises and the consequences of failure.

We held frank, yet always respectful discussions with the minister during budget week, the Sacred Obligation principles were once again clearly refined, particularly in reference to the promised return to the Pension Act and equality between ELB and SISIP. Hehr told me that the CVA was being invited to hold HIM to account, to ensure the promises made to veterans were fulfilled with in the mandate, which he promised to do.

I have accepted.

I fully plan on holding them to account.

I do not what the new government’s criteria is in reference to the others or their motives. As you know, the Liberal promises closely resemble the CVA Harmonization plan, this is not random. We are non partisan, and after securing the NDP’s support, worked the liberals damn hard, pre-Trudeau and after, seeking a harmonized return to the pension act with a plan that respects the needs of those who served in war and the older generation, many who would prefer an LSA.

Promises have been made. The CVA has been invited to some of these advisory groups and “summit” to ensure these promises are kept and provide assistance at the group level to create proposals that are truly reflective of the mandate letter and the opportunity to collectively redress the major issues.

The bump to the LSA has concerned many veterans who wish to return to the pension Act, I have been asked a hundred times if not more why would the government bump up the LSA if they are planning on returning to the Pension Act?

Of course, I do not know but were I to speculate I could think of some reasons off hand. The legion and those composing the stakeholders group rallied behind a similar number and were actively promoting during the past couple of years. They would use the tort law as justification, which bring up a second likely reason, the Equitas lawsuit and the legal reference to subparity to average tort law (negligence at the work site). Perhaps it was to provide inclusion for all who were affected by the NVC LSA; the Critical Injury Benefit was very selective, while it might have applied and satisfied the Equitas litigants injuries, restrictive criteria ensured it did not apply equally to all veterans as will the increase once it passes through legislation.

I would also note, for what it is worth to you -Im not going to argue with the anti-liberal quotient- , the mandate is clear on providing a choice between the Pension act and the LSA, with an increase to the LSA. I do not know if the 360 threshold is far as they are prepared to go, whether we can get it higher during the ongoing discussions, but I do know that the Pension Act is in the mandate letter, their is unity with every stakeholder i have spoken to re pension act return and if the government is sincere, proposals will be presented prior to the next budget that will continue to address the issues many of us have been fighting for, or suffering through, these past many years.

FYI. There were over thirty organizations present at the summit last December, I read something the other day that might indicate the “summit” number will be expanded significantly.

I would encourage you to get engaged. While things are progressing according to my expectations (it has been six months- six of the fifteen mandate letter promises are already going through parliament) there is still the need to apply pressure through the base.

Stay focused on the mandate letter and the choice of returning to the Pension Act. This is new territory for some orgs, the mandate letter has circumvented their galvanization agenda. If you want your voice heard, do something about it!

Reach out.

Start speaking out not on facebook or these never ending email chains but where it will make a difference. If nothing else, write some emails to the PM, Ministers, parl secretary, use your membership with any organization to your advantage, send an email to their national presidents encouraging them to rally formally in favour of the Pension Act promises and other important issues identified in the mandate letter.

New Initiative to Consult with Veterans Stakeholders – Advisory groups to improve transparency and engage with Veterans

OTTAWA, April 15, 2016 /CNW/ – The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced a new initiative to broaden engagement with stakeholders. Six ministerial advisory groups are being put in place as part of his commitment to improve transparency and support consultation to address important Veterans’ issues.

The six advisory groups will focus on policy, service excellence, mental health, families, care and support and commemoration. Each group will be comprised of up to twelve members, and participants will appoint a chair from their membership. A senior departmental official will also be selected to co-chair each group and a representative of the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman will be invited to attend the meetings as an observer. Current members’ names will be updated as the advisory groups are established and their membership confirmed.

The overall goal is to engage with stakeholders, work toward common goals and seek advice and input on new and existing initiatives to support Veterans. The six advisory groups will help inform policy and program development as well as service delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada. This will ensure all areas reflect the changing needs of Veterans and their families. Records of discussion of these meetings will also be posted as they become available.

A Ministerial stakeholder summit with broader representation is planned for May 9-10, 2016, in Ottawa. The summit will provide an opportunity to collaborate, share views and gather information on topics that are important to Veterans and their families. This is a follow-up to the December 2015 Stakeholder Summit whose record of discussion is posted online.

Quick Facts

Advisory groups provide an opportunity for early and ongoing dialogue with stakeholders and serve as a sounding board for the development of Veterans Affairs Canada’s policies, programs and services.
Advisory group members are selected in consultation with stakeholder groups and based on their interests and involvement within the Veteran community. Membership of these groups is still being finalized and will be made public once confirmed.
Veterans Affairs Canada will continue to listen to all interested and engaged stakeholders regardless of their involvement in any of these groups.
Stakeholder Summits are large, in-person events to discuss stakeholder priorities. Representatives from nearly 30 stakeholder groups attended the last Stakeholder Summit on December 2, 2015.

Quotes

“Through our new initiative, I want to create a space and forum for stakeholders to give me their advice and suggestions. It is not our position to tell Veterans and their families what they need—we want to hear from them. Our new strategy, including the six advisory groups, will help us build stronger relationships with Veterans and the organizations that represent them.”
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister for National Defence

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