In hospital care for seniors in Toronto – 5 things you need to know

in hospital care for seniors

1. Bed rest is not good for anyone, especially the elderly With very few exceptions, bed rest is an old-fashioned idea that has no place in modern medicine. Bed rest leads to deconditioning, muscle weakness and atrophy. Bed rest can also lead to pressure sores, pneumonia, constipation and depression. The sooner they can get up […]

Senior’s weight : a simple indicator that professionals are ‘too busy’ to take note of

“Accurate weight measuring is a simple yet often neglected aspect of basic care that contributes significantly to determining an individual’s overall and nutritional health” (Canadian Nurse October 2011 Volume 107 Number 8 p20) In an article entitled Taking the Weight, authors report that the lack of weight measurement and documentation in a facility setting were […]

Hospital meals gone terribly wrong: impractical foods that can lead to malnutrition in seniors

A Client’s wife told me of her experience with the delivery of meals to patients in a hospital setting. Mrs “Smith” spent her days in hospital by her husband’s bedside. He was elderly, was diagnosed with dementia and had recently had a stroke. Mrs Smith spent long days in that hospital room which housed four […]