What You Need to Know About Ontario’s “‘Till Death Do Us Part” Act

Sometimes, there’s just no more than can be done to help a patient recover, and all that can be done is to keep them comfortable. It’s a fact of life that we face and cope with as best as possible on a daily basis. However, the most painful thing for us to see is when couples are separated in those twilight years or hours due to treatments for completely different conditions. The same troubles apply to couples facing long-term care while separated from one another, again for the same reasons. 

Thankfully, the Ontario Provincial Government has been working on legislation to address this issue, currently dubbed the “‘Till Death Do Us Part” Act. Here’s what you need to know about their plans and how they’ll hopefully improve on these difficult circumstances. 

Legislation Changes

With the bill’s approval and implementation, alterations will be made to the Residents’ Bill of Rights. Specifically, changes will be made to Section 3 of the Long-Term Care Homes Act from 2007, adding the right of residents to not to be separated from spouses once admitted for long-term care. They will then be able to request joint accommodations so that both halves can continue to live together.

The Impact on Mental Health

Maintaining access to a spouse during trying times, especially if nearing the end of life or undergoing years of care, is critical to one’s mental health. Social isolation can actually damage the mind even more than the condition being treated, causing the formation of anxiety, depression, paranoia, elevated stress levels, and feelings of neglect. Having someone special nearby ensures a source of entertainment, social stimulation and healthy distractions from the environment in which the patient needs to stay. This is especially important if the patient has a debilitating illness and is unable to leave their accommodations due to mobility issues. 

How it Benefits Caregiving Effectiveness

We’ll freely admit that a happy patient is a healthier patient; it’s why Qualicare Waterloo is fiercely passionate about compassionate care. Every patient we look after deserves and receives personalized care plans, right down to their dietary preferences and social interactivity. However, having their spouse nearby lightens the load and keeps them in better spirits, which can improve immune system efficiency. We’ve seen countless cases where long-term care patients better benefit from our care due to mental stimulation and greater optimism. It’s always good to have someone to talk to and confide in and, even though we do everything possible to listen and stimulate those we look after, nothing can replace the love and affection of a spouse. 

Want to learn more about the “‘Till Death Do Us Part” Act? Read up on the bill today, and don’t forget to contact us at Qualicare Waterloo if you feel that it’s time to consider making an integrity-focused arrangement that works with your needs.

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