Towle statement on government reversal of seniors' bathing policy

EDMONTON, AB (March 5, 2013): Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle released the following statement about the government’s reversal of its one-bath-per-week bathing policy for seniors in long-term care:

“It’s incredible how long this government dragged their feet on the issue of bathing standards for seniors in care. It wasn’t long ago that the Associate Minister claimed that one bath a week was entirely appropriate.

“It shouldn’t take months of political pressure, and public outrage, for a government to do the right thing when it comes to the dignity and health of Alberta seniors. Proper hygiene is the most basic of health care services and it remains offensive that seniors ever had to live on one bath a week.

“Despite these changes, significant challenges remain for aging Albertans, including the government’s divorce-by-nursing-home policy which sees families torn apart when one spouse is sent hundreds of kilometers away for a continuing care placement.

“I will continue to work hard to get the government to change policies like these that ignore the true needs of Alberta seniors.”

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Kerry Towle
Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
Kerry Towle was elected on April 23, 2012 as the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, and acts as the Wildrose Seniors’ critic and Caucus Whip.