Friday, January 30, 2009

Minna Mettinen-Kekalianen: good news

It's been widely reported, including here and here here, that Minna Mettinen-Kekalainen's home care will resume this coming Monday (February 2, 2009).

Here is an excerpt from this article in the Sudbury Star by Carol Mulligan:
Starting Monday, a Sudbury woman suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease will begin receiving the home nursing care she needs.

The North East Community Care Access Centre will resume providing nursing and personal support to Minna Mettinen-Kekalainen, 42.

Mettinen-Kekalainen has been involved in a public battle with the North East CCAC about her home care. The woman, who has an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger syndrome, has not received help at home from the agency for months after nurses caring for her complained about her behaviour.

Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas said Tuesday nurses have been lined up to care for Mettinen-Kekalainen starting Feb. 2.

Like others with Asperger's, Mettinen-Kekalainen experiences some difficulty with interpersonal communication, and her power of attorney, Jason Bushie, has said that can lead to misunderstandings with her caregivers and others.

Gelinas, the New Democrats' Health critic, got involved in Mettinen-Kekalainen's case last week. Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci's constituency staff had been working on the case for weeks. Gelinas said it was a case of "all hands on deck" being able to resolve the dispute between the woman and the agency.

See also Stephen Drake's post here.