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COVID-19 making the gruelling experience of dying or grieving even more painful

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Michelle Griepsma, left, and Janice Craig, right, of Hospice Services. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Of all the cruelties inflicted by the pandemic, separating people from someone they love who is about to die has to have been among the most vicious. And what of people who received a life-altering diagnosis this year, or who are trying to adjust to life after the death of a parent or spouse?

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Local health team increases equality of care

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The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team is ensuring its family doctors and health care providers have increased knowledge and skills in providing health care for questioning, transitioning and transgender patients and their families and caregivers.

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Ontario adding new hospital beds in Kawartha Lakes

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Laurie Scott stands with staff of the Ross Memorial Hospital near a podium

The Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay will be receiving more than $1.1 million in funding to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times.

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An international journey and an incredible recovery for local man

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Photo, left to right: Lorna Bogar, Occupational Therapist; Dawn McNeil, Rehab Assistant; Neil Pearson; Ange Allard, Rehab Assistant; Alison Rees, Physiotherapist.
Photo, left to right: Lorna Bogar, occupational therapist; Dawn McNeil, rehab assistant; Neil Pearson; Ange Allard, rehab assistant; Alison Rees, physiotherapist.

In February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had not yet hit close to home, and Neil Pearson and his wife, Ellen, took their annual trip to France to visit their daughter.

As they were enjoying their holiday, Neil developed what he felt was a sinus infection, but was able to manage with rest and medication. As their return date approached, Neil noticed weakness and an inability to grip objects with his hands.

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Benns’ Belief: Time for change at Lindsay’s LifeLabs fiasco

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Since we launched the Advocate three years ago, we’ve never had so many people call or email to suggest we do the same story. The obscenely long wait times at LifeLabs in Lindsay — the only community bloodwork lab in Kawartha Lakes — has left far too many people frustrated and troubled.

They are frustrated because people — mostly seniors — are literally waiting hours to get bloodwork, or even to do something as simple as dropping off a completed home testing kit. They are troubled because they’re wondering what winter will bring and how they can possibly cope under such conditions.

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Reader not impressed that he can’t bring food to his mother at Ross Memorial Hospital

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During these times of turmoil, most of us are already on edge having little control over the outcome.

More than a week ago, my 76-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital with a broken pelvis. She is now bedridden, lonely and in significant pain.

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Personal Support Workers on the front lines of caring for your loved ones

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Local PSWs in Lindsay at Caressant Care, top, and at Lindsay's Frost Manor, bottom. Photo: Sienna Frost.

When it comes to senior care, it takes a village to ensure our family members are well looked after. While some positions may be more glamourous, personal support workers (PSWs) are a critical part of health care, but there’s a growing shortage of PSWs. In an area like Kawartha Lakes, where we have a higher-than-average senior population, that’s a significant concern.

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The public good means more public enterprises

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In the early 1900s, a Conservative MPP named Adam Beck campaigned diligently for a public power utility in Ontario.

The campaign was a success, thanks to the hard work of Beck and others. Beck and other allies knew there would be no benefit in creating a private corporation with the vast majority of profits going to shareholders, versus creating a public enterprise where the money is returned to our province.

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Chiropractor sees past experience in ballet world as natural fit for her work today

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Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls was just three years old when she began formal dance training, mainly studying Highland Dancing and ballet. What began as a weekly beginner class, though, soon turned into several times a week – including competitive classes with competitions in Canada, the U.S. and Scotland.

What she couldn’t have known at age 3 is that dance — and the science of human movement – would come to define her professional life.

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Family health teams a positive change, say majority, although health care cuts a worry

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Vast majority say family health teams a positive change to health care
Dr. Eric Ready, rt, Mike Perry, centre, Julia Skinner, left. Photo: Jean Walsh.

The results are in from the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team’s most recent survey of patients across the local area. The data revealed some interesting findings on how local residents feel about their local care, the family health team approach, the health care system in general and the main challenges to be addressed.

While the vast majority of respondents indicated they found their health care provider to be caring, friendly and easy-to-talk-to and reported overwhelmingly that their providers are caring, good listeners and thorough, the broader answers were also encouraging.

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