Toronto Puts Forward a New Paradigm in Senior Care Homes￼
Looking for a care home is not something seniors look forward to. It’s a bit of acknowledging that the end of one’s life is coming, and you’re on the bus toward eventually being separated from normal life and becoming a cared-for senior waiting for the end, at least that’s how many look at it. However, the simple fact is that many families don’t have the time, training or availability to take care of a senior relative, especially one that needs regular medical attention, and many seniors also can’t take care of themselves anymore either.
Louis Capozzi was now facing the same situation; he was not looking forward to moving into a care home, and he knew he didn’t have a choice in the matter. At the age of 70 and suffering from a form of ALS, personal care was going to be essential for Capozzi just to survive. As it turned out, however, his fears were unfounded. The Lakeshore Lodge at Toronto was going to be an entirely different experience versus what Capozzi had heard about care homes as well as the rumors he himself was germinating after reading too much on the Internet.
Capozzi has now been a resident of Lakeshore Lodge since June 2022, and he hasn’t regretted a day of it. The difference is in how the facility is being run. The goal of the system is very different from the typical managed care approach. Instead, Lakeshore Lodge is “resident-centered,” which means the residents get to make most of the choices of how they are cared for, what they eat, how to stay active, when they wake up and even the decor of the interior design. Capozzi himself is well-involved; his former career was in construction, so he’s regularly involved with building discussion and decisions on changes. Plus, he also gets to work on his hobby, cooking.
Dubbed, “CareTO,” the resident-centered program is an intentional move for a different approach in senior care, especially in a care home setting. Where the traditional model was about treating all the senior patients as cogs, running them through the same course, schedule, food and events for maximum efficiency and cost control, the resident-centered approach focuses on giving seniors their freedom again. Of course, that costs extra, and it’s only possible because Toronto is providing the extra money with $16.1 million via the next five years to support the efficacy of the new treatment model. It doesn’t just go to Lakehouse Lodge; some 272 positions are being supported in 10 different care homes to make this new program work. It’s a split-funded program between the Province and city with two-thirds carried by the Province’s support.
The change is more than appropriate. As the Boomer generation is crashing headlong into their senior years, the demand for senior care and care home beds has increased exponentially. Because the issue is so pressing, Toronto’s government decided 2022 was the year to really push a different paradigm in senior care. CareTO became the answer to that call. The recent COVID pandemic also demanded a different approach. Too many caretakers in the old system had been burned out by the COVID strain, workload and losses. More importantly, the new program is working.
The seniors in the program are doing better, they are happier, healthier and the staff feel they can successfully do their jobs again. Nothing is ever perfect, but the majority, patients and staff agree, the CareTO program is a game-changer.
Solar Power Investment Set to Outpace Oil Production Spending in 2023, Shifting Global Energy Landscape
In a historic turning point for the energy sector, solar power investment is projected to surpass spending on oil production in 2023. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has emphasized the remarkable surge in clean energy development as a driving force in reducing global emissions. This significant shift is attributed to various factors, including the post-pandemic economic recovery and the implementation of new policies such as the US Inflation Reduction Act, which offers incentives and tax credits for clean energy technologies.
The executive director of the IEA, Fatih Birol, has highlighted the transformative potential of continued growth in clean energy investments. Over the past few years, there has been a substantial increase in funding for renewable energy sources like solar power. As these investments continue to grow, they are set to reshape the energy landscape, bringing us closer to achieving the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Following the unprecedented disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, the global economy is experiencing a remarkable rebound. This resurgence has provided an impetus for increased investment in renewable energy sources. As countries strive to rebuild their economies, they are recognizing the potential of clean energy as a driver of sustainable growth and job creation. Solar power, with its abundant availability and falling costs, has emerged as a frontrunner in the transition towards a greener future.
Policy Support for Clean Energy: The adoption of progressive policies is another crucial factor behind the surge in clean energy investments. Governments worldwide have recognized the urgency of curbing carbon emissions and are actively promoting renewable energy solutions. Notably, the US Inflation Reduction Act has introduced subsidies and tax credits to incentivize the deployment of clean energy technologies. Such policies encourage private investors and businesses to prioritize renewable energy projects, further accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels.
Solar power investments offer a wide array of benefits that contribute to their increasing prominence. First and foremost, solar energy is a clean and renewable resource, generating electricity without emitting harmful greenhouse gases. By shifting our reliance from oil to solar power, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Moreover, solar power investments provide long-term cost advantages. The price of solar panels has been consistently decreasing, making it increasingly competitive with traditional energy sources. As a result, solar power is becoming more accessible and affordable for households, businesses, and communities worldwide. This affordability, coupled with the potential for energy independence, strengthens the case for investing in solar energy.
The projected surpassing of solar power investment over oil production spending in 2023 marks a historic milestone in the global energy landscape. Driven by the growth in clean energy investments, supported by economic rebound and progressive policies, solar power is emerging as a frontrunner in curbing global emissions. This transition signifies a critical step toward achieving the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as advocated by the IEA and international climate agreements. As solar power continues to gain momentum, the world is gradually embracing a more sustainable, resilient, and climate-friendly energy system.
No Mow May: The Benefits of Letting Your Garden Grow Wild
As the weather begins to warm up and spring blooms burst forth in gardens across the country, many gardeners are embracing a new movement: No Mow May. This initiative encourages homeowners to avoid mowing their lawns for the entire month of May and instead let the grass and wildflowers grow wild. While it may seem counterintuitive to let your lawn get out of control, there are many benefits to participating in No Mow May.
First and foremost, letting your grass grow wild can help support local ecosystems. Lawns that are frequently mowed are often monocultures, meaning they are dominated by a single type of plant, usually a specific species of grass. This can make it difficult for pollinators like bees and butterflies to find the nectar and pollen they need to survive. When you let your grass grow wild, it creates a diverse habitat for insects and other small animals. Wildflowers and other flowering plants provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, which in turn helps to support a healthy ecosystem.
In addition to supporting local ecosystems, No Mow May can also help to reduce your carbon footprint. Lawn mowers, whether electric or gas-powered, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. By skipping your weekly mow, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment.
But No Mow May isn’t just good for the environment—it can also be good for your wallet. By skipping the mow for a month, you can save on gas or electricity costs associated with running your lawn mower. Additionally, because you’re allowing your grass to grow longer, you won’t need to water it as frequently, which can save you money on your water bill.
Finally, No Mow May can be a fun and low-stress way to enjoy your garden. Instead of worrying about keeping your lawn perfectly manicured, you can sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of the wildflowers and grasses that grow in your yard. This can be a great way to connect with nature and take a break from the stresses of daily life.
Of course, there are some downsides to No Mow May. Allowing your grass to grow longer can make it more difficult to play outdoor games like soccer or frisbee. Additionally, some homeowners associations or municipalities may have rules or regulations regarding lawn maintenance, so it’s important to check with local authorities before participating in No Mow May.
Kelp Forest So Important To Co2 Reduction
Kelp forests are underwater ecosystems that provide an array of benefits to marine life and the planet as a whole. Among these benefits is the ability to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2), making them an important tool in mitigating climate change. These forests, which are found in shallow, nutrient-rich waters around the world, are estimated to capture almost 5 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
The role of kelp forests in carbon sequestration is largely due to the photosynthesis process that occurs within the kelp itself. Just like trees on land, kelp forests take in CO2 from the atmosphere and use it as a building block for growth. As the kelp grows, it stores the carbon in its tissues, effectively removing it from the atmosphere. When the kelp dies, the carbon it has stored is either transported to the deep ocean or stored in the sediment, where it remains sequestered for centuries.
In addition to carbon sequestration, kelp forests provide a host of other benefits to the marine ecosystem. These forests create a unique environment that supports a diverse range of fish and other marine life. In fact, many commercial fish species rely on kelp forests for their survival. Kelp forests also help to regulate water quality by removing excess nitrogen and other nutrients from the water column, which can lead to harmful algal blooms and other negative impacts on the marine environment.
Another important benefit of kelp forests is their ability to protect shorelines from storms and other extreme weather events. Kelp forests act as a natural buffer, absorbing the energy of waves and reducing erosion along coastlines. This not only helps to protect the physical infrastructure of coastal communities, but also provides a vital habitat for many coastal species.
Despite their many benefits, kelp forests are under threat from a variety of sources. Pollution, overfishing, and human development all pose significant challenges to the health and survival of these important ecosystems. In addition, sea urchins have been known to overgraze kelp forests, causing significant damage to the ecosystem.
To protect these valuable ecosystems, it is important that we take steps to reduce our impact on the marine environment. This can include reducing our use of single-use plastics, supporting sustainable fishing practices, and working to reduce our carbon footprint. Additionally, efforts to control sea urchin populations and reduce the impact of human development on kelp forests can help to ensure that these ecosystems continue to thrive.
Pookila Mouse Has Great Success In Captive Breeding Program
The Pookila mouse, also known as the Smoky mouse, is a small, nocturnal rodent found only in the forests of Victoria, Australia. These cute little critters are typically grey or brown with a long, bushy tail and big, round ears. They are highly agile climbers and can jump up to one meter in height. However, despite their impressive physical capabilities, Pookila mice are facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss and predation.
In response to the declining Pookila mouse population, a captive-breeding program was launched 12 months ago in Victoria. The program has already achieved significant success, with over 20 baby Pookila mice born in captivity. The birth of these pups is a cause for celebration as they will help to increase the genetic diversity of the species and may even be released back into the wild.
Dr Parrott, who leads the captive-breeding program, says that “depending on the genetics that we have in the program at the end of the breeding season, we’ll be looking at the best release locations for these animals out to current populations to increase their genetic diversity and their health.” This approach will help to ensure that the released Pookila mice have the best chance of survival in the wild.
The Pookila mouse is an important species for the ecosystem as they play a vital role in spreading seeds and fungal spores. Unfortunately, the species faces a number of threats, including habitat loss, predators like feral cats and foxes, and drought. The loss of genetic diversity also poses a significant risk to the long-term survival of the species.
With the success of the captive-breeding program, there is renewed hope for the Pookila mouse. The breeding program is a crucial step in preserving this unique species and ensuring its survival for generations to come.
Vacant Church Classrooms In Eau Claire To Be Made Into Veteran Housing Units
A nonprofit organization in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is working to convert vacant church classrooms into housing for veterans. Veterans Community Project (VCP) was founded by a group of veterans who wanted to help their fellow veterans who were homeless.
The organization found several unoccupied classrooms in a local church and plans to convert them into housing units for veterans. The church has agreed to lease the space to VCP at a reduced rate, allowing the project to happen.
VCP plans to build small, self-contained living units with private bathrooms and kitchens within the classrooms. The units will be energy-efficient, with solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and other eco-friendly features.
The VCP will also offer counseling, job training, and financial assistance to veterans living in the units. To ensure that veterans have access to the resources they require, the organization will work closely with local veterans’ organizations and government agencies.
According to the organization’s founder, VCP is dedicated to providing veterans with a safe, stable, and affordable place to live. They recognize that many veterans face unique challenges, such as PTSD and physical disabilities, and they want to ensure that the housing units are designed with veterans in mind.
The organization is raising funds for the project through grants and donations from local individuals and businesses. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the construction and operation of the housing units.
The VCP has already received community support, and the local government has provided a grant for the project. The organization hopes to break ground on the project in the coming months and has housing units ready for veterans to move into by the end of next year.
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