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Voice Your Concern With Seniors’ Health Care

Residents have an opportunity to voice your experiences with health care, home-care and long-term care for seniors in the local community.

Two local organizations, Community Legal Assistance Sarnia and Navigating Senior Care Lambton, are hosting a public hearing Thursday, September 28.

Arlene Patterson, along with former MP Roger Gallaway and retired Presbyterian Minister Margaret Bell are the founding members of NSCL.

Patterson says there have been so many budget cuts and changes within the system that it now lacks continuity for families and patients go from one sector in the system to another.

“There are huge gaps and people are getting lost and don’t know how to access care and the proper care,” says Patterson. “We want to gather the public’s experiences and information and be able to discuss issues further with the local and provincial governments.”

The panel wants to hear from patients, residents, caregivers, and family members about their experiences and concerns with interacting with home-care, long-term care or hospital discharges.

One of the panelists will be Jane Meadus from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. She is considered an expert in representing clients in long-term care, home-care, hospitals and psychiatric institutions.

The forum will be held at the St. Clair Corporate Centre on N. Front St. Presentations will be made from 9am until 12pm with a question and answer period from 1pm until 3pm.

If you have a story to share you are asked to call Patterson at 519-542-1895 or Roger Gallaway at 519-542-1895.

Patterson says your name will not be used in their report.