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She died in February. But her long-term care home didn’t notify the family until almost a month later

Why did it take almost a month for Melanie Barker’s family to be notified that she had passed away in her London, Ont. long-term care?

That’s the question Barker’s loved ones still ask.

Barker, 66, died Feb. 12 at the Mount Hope Center for Long-Term Care, where she had lived for nearly a decade.

“This shouldn’t have happened. It makes me so angry that she died alone and the body was in the morgue for a month,” her sister, Donna Barker, said from her home in Havelock, Ont.

“There’s no justification for that.”

According to long-term care data provided by the family to CBC News, Barker’s condition deteriorated sharply on Feb. 9 after choking over lunch. She died on February 12, but the family says she was not notified until March 8.

In a statement to CBC News, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, which oversees the Mount Hope Center for Long-Term Care, said it cannot comment on individual resident matters due to privacy laws. But it did say it follows all proper procedures for notifying deputy decision-makers and proxies when a resident dies.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Attorney General’s Office said in a written response that the Public Guardian and Trustee’s Office is making “reasonable efforts to identify family” in its role as a guardian of property, but is under no obligation to search for relatives. . read more

marketplace has delved into ongoing issues in long-term care for years, most recently in March, when the team home care crisis.

VIEW | A family waits for answers from the long-term care home:

She died in a nursing home, for almost a month no one told her family

After Melanie Barker died alone in a care home in London, Ontario, it took nearly a month for her family to be notified of her passing. CBC’s Katie Nicholson helps the family investigate why.

Specialist clinics are in demand to treat long-term COVID, but doctors say they can’t keep up

There are an estimated 390,000 COVID lung transporters in Canada, meaning there are many people who may need treatment.

Specialist clinics are popping up across the country to help long-haul flights, but doctors say demand still far outstrips supply.

dr. Kieran Quinn, a clinical scientist at Sinai Health and the University of Toronto, is leading a large research program on health services for people with post-COVID conditions, which can include a wide range of symptoms, from fatigue and shortness of breath to anxiety and difficulty concentrating.

Quinn says doctors across the country are starting to see more requests for referrals to specialty clinics.

“Our colleagues in several provinces report a six-month wait to get into these clinics and then around the world, the reported wait times in places like Italy, the UK and the United States – these clinics are often seven to nine-month wait times. Quinn said. read more

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Family is slow to be informed about death from long-term care; Your Summer Travel Guide: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet
In a mirror, a woman can be seen wearing a mask as protection against COVID-19. In Canada, there are an estimated 390,000 COVID lung transporters in the country, and some say they need a team of experts in one place to treat their diverse array of symptoms. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

How long have you been waiting for a doctor? For this veteran it’s been 11 years and counting

A Canadian Navy veteran says he is tired of waiting for a primary care provider after being on the Prince Edward Island waiting list for 11 years.

Matt Dobson moved to PEI in 2011 after being medically discharged from the Navy when he was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been a member of the armed forces for more than ten years.

“I have good days and bad days,” he said. “It’s always there constantly: daily struggle to take care of myself, to do even the easiest of tasks. When I have my bad days, it’s pretty crippling.”

Dobson first enrolled in the county’s patient registry at the time. But after hearing nothing for eight years, he decided to call the county in 2019 to ask when he would finally have access to a primary caregiver.

“They told me that my name was no longer on the list. That they had removed everyone from the list who was older than four years old. So I had to put my name back on the list and start over,” Dobson said.

Dobson is currently on a long-term disability and has been unable to work for the past two years due to his condition.

He goes to walk-in clinics for prescriptions and blood work, and has a psychiatrist through Veterans Affairs who monitors his medication and also helps him with talk therapy.

Although he said he currently has more good days than bad, there have been periods when he has been suicidal. His wife Angie Brighty believes it can be dangerous not to have a GP.

“This can’t go on for another day,” she said. “Because Matt might not be here tomorrow if no one comes to help. It’s terrifying.’ read more

Family is slow to be informed about death from long-term care; Your Summer Travel Guide: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet
Matt Dobson in his home gym. Dobson enrolled in the county’s patient registry when he moved to PEI in 2011 after being medically discharged from the Navy. He still doesn’t have a doctor. (CBC/Laura Meader)

What else is going on?

If you’re going on a trip soon, here’s what you need to know from June 15th

Vaccination mandates are being lifted for flights and trains, but Canadians abroad must still use the ArriveCAN app to submit travel and COVID-19-related information before coming home.

Housing market slowdown continues, with 13% average selling price since February

Sales volumes have now fallen to where they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to survey, nearly 1 in 4 homeowners say they should sell their home if interest rates continue to rise

The Bank of Canada is expected to continue raising interest rates as inflation is at an all-time high.

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