About Seniors LINC

Langley Integrated Network of Care

Seniors LINC, the Langley Integrated Network of Care is a group of organizations that serve seniors all working together to change the way seniors get care so they can stay home and be independent longer.

Norma Discusses Seniors LINC

Hi – have you heard about LINC? My name is Norma and I live in a seniors complex. I want to share with you some changes in Langley that affect me and my senior friends. LINC means Langley Integrated Network of Care which is a group of organizations that serve seniors all working together to change the way we get care so we can stay home and be independent longer.

Here are few of the new and enhanced services that make my life and my fellow seniors' lives easier. I just marvel at how they've made the services better. Although he's passed, I know how much my husband enjoyed the day program where he could spend the day in activities with company and laughter while I had a chance to take a break or take care of family business.

I'm so thrilled that others have more access to the same program. Education sessions close to home that include a self-assessment so I can recognize trouble when it starts. Often the information I gain at these helps me stay physically active. Getting out to the sessions keeps me socially alive. My neighbour needed help quickly the other day. He used to go to Emerg and wait hours to be seen, lying in the hall. But, over the last few months, if he needed help, he could call Home Health instead and they would see him that day. It's been such a good change for him. He is so happy staying in his home instead of the hospital. One neighbour was even able to have her husband at home on IV so he didn't have to stay in hospital or go back-and-forth every day to receive the treatment he needed.

And that's not the end of it. They're doing more; they take that saying "Nothing about me without me" seriously. And that's so good. I lived my life my way since I left home at 17. That's 60 years ago; I don't want to change that now. I'm so happy for the seniors that get their needs met. But really, selfishly, I'm thrilled to know this is happening in Langley. I know these things will help me stay independent and at home longer, too, maybe even until the end.

Ruth Talks About Seniors LINC

Her husband was diagnosed with cancer only months ago. The doctors said they had about a year before we would be saying goodbye. This was so sudden for them; but, thankfully, not a bad experience. This is what she told me about the last few days. Susan was sitting next to Joe in his room when the phone rang. A nurse identified herself from Seniors LINC Inter-Professional team and asked to visit. The nurse and Susan scheduled a visit the next day. The morning of the visit, Susan awoke to her husband in pain and soaked in urine. Neither of which were uncommon now. You know, he had fallen a week before and had been bed-ridden ever since. She had tried to bathe him and hurt her back trying.

The children had travelled from out-of-the-country to visit; they wanted to help. They had all been sitting for days watching him suffer in pain. Waiting for the 4-hour time delay between pain does of medicine. He had a hard time swallowing so eating, drinking, even taking his pain medication was such a challenge. The nurse assessed him and determined that he had thrush. This is what was causing his pain when swallowing. He needed more support and he needed pain control. The nurse also talked them about their understanding of the prognosis and the progress of his cancer. Both of them knew that cancer was painful and thought that he just had to persevere through it.

The nurse talked to both Joe and the family about their wishes. The family told the nurse Joe hated hospital rooms and the vacancy of them. He really wanted to spend the remainder of his days at home. He wasn't eating; he was bed-ridden, and he was in pain. So they discussed all the options with the nurse. They were told that they had a choice to bring the support to their home. So, this is what they decided and this is what they got. The nurse called back and instructed Susan on what she needed to do. One of the tasks was to go to the doctor and get an updated MOLST; a Do Not Resuscitate form. Then, she needed prescriptions for the thrush and for pain control.

The palliative care team was scheduled to visit that evening to set-up the injections for pain and medicine and also the home support aids to bathe him and provide personal care. The Rapid Response Nurse came to visit that same evening to set-up the injections for pain medicine and also for the home support aids to bathe him and provide personal care. Home Support aids provided the personal care so that Susan and the family could maintain focus on just being with Joe. They got the time they needed just to spend time listening and chatting with him.

The following morning, the nurses returned. And again, helped him with his medication and his personal care. That very evening, Joe passed away content, surrounded by his family. He was peaceful and he was pain-free. Without the quick reaction and support of the Inter-Professional team nurse, the doctor, the Home Health rapid response, and the home support, Susan would not have been able to get the help Joe needed and to give him his wish to stay at home. Although I know Susan is grieving, she is so grateful for the lasting memory and the opportunity for Joe to spend his last days at home with family. Joe went through a quiet and warm exit from this world.