Fighting For Help For Voiceless Seniors: Goar

Chiropodist Minoo Shakibai is pleading for ways to help seniors in Ontario receive better footcare.

Shed be happy to see them treated at a hospital or publicly funded clinic. Although she is one tiny cog in an $80 billion provincial health system ($54 billion public, $26 billion private), she believes she can make a difference. It would help if the sons and daughters of these uncomplaining seniors took more responsibility for their parents health. It would help if family doctors checked their older patients feet regularly. It would help if long-term care homes opened their chiropody clinics to non-residents in need of footcare. And it would help if some of the 3,500 bureaucrats in the Ministry of Health, the employees of Ontarios 14 local health integration networks (LHINs), its 14 community care access centres (CCACs) and the dozens of other satellite health agencies the government has set up turned their minds to this hidden problem.
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