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Choose your healthcare life cycle

This is not a sponsored post, but it is written as a supportive post for Bruyere Continuing Care on Ottawa. Locally known as the best and largest palliative care centre in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, Bruyere has been growing and adjusting with new programs for the aged and handicapped. Bruyere has opened an adaptive affordable housing complex and started new programs that encourage older Canadians to stay in their homes for as long as possible. I have been volunteering for the annual Bruyere Radiothon for several years.

Bruyere 2When it comes to healthcare we go through phases in our life. For most of us, our attention to healthcare normally starts when our first child is born.   Prior to that it would have been our parents that took us for shots, check ups and for the broken bones from sports activities. As the years pass the experiences we have in hospitals and who we have those experiences with will change.

When do you start thinking about your future healthcare needs, meaning at what point do we start to think about being proactive and not reactive? What does it mean to be proactive in our personal health care planning?

For me, it means that I think about where I might end up when I need care in the months and years approaching. Will I need physio after a fall? Will my memory start to fade? What about rehab following a stroke? Let me add that I intend to do everything I can while I am in my late 50’s to prevent needing any of the above-mentioned care and treatment. Of course, nothing is for certain but I do have the opportunity to shape what care I might need by being proactive and practicing preventative care. This is important because our current health care systems are not preventive, they are reactive – it will take a generation maybe more of governments to change that.

I’ll leave how the government will handle the change to the politicians and healthcare agents.  For my care and what I want to have available to me, that will rely on my efforts. That means I’ll look to support a hospital that will work to have the needs of my generation, the late edge of boomers, in their plans for care and innovative.

The annual Bruyere Radiothon is being held this week, the once a year radio campaign to raise money for the organizations #LifeChanging campaign. Early this week I attended a private event announcing the goals for the campaign, $30 Million that won’t go to any brick and mortar buildings, but rather to programs and care focusing in Brain Health and Memory; Integrated Senior’s Health and Rehabilitation and all be powered by the sector leading Bruyere Research Institute.

BruyereThe most life changing plans revolve around Brain Health and Memory. As the number of Canadians suffering from dementia is expected to double before 2037, Bruyere will reduce the incidence of dementia by 50% in those same 20 years. Just as important is redefining geriatric care that will allow us to stay in our homes and out of expensive healthcare facilities as we age.  Life changing care is because living longer means living better.

I am not naïve enough to believe that by reading this you’ll support Bruyere and their plans, but what I hope you will do is look forward to your future healthcare.   When you do make that decision you’ll have to consider how you can ensure that care is there because you cannot count on the government to cover the increasing cost of your healthcare 100%.

The need for fundraising by hospitals will only increase as demand and cost grow. Choose your healthcare cycle and support it, for you and your future care.

Please take a moment and click here https://www.bruyere.org/en/life-changing-day and be a part of Bruyere’s #LifeChanginDay

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