July 13, 2012

Fragile seniors being left in the cold by PC continuing care model: Towle

EDMONTON, AB (July 13, 2012): The closing of the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre is just another example of the growing failure of the PC government’s continuing care model Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said today.  The facility based in Carmangay is moving seniors from long-term care nursing beds to continuing care facilities that do not offer the same specialized care in “continuing care beds.” 

These continuing care beds fail to offer the same around-the-clock care that seniors, like those who live in the Carmangay facility, need.  This closure comes at a time when there are still over 450 seniors in acute care beds waiting for access to long-term care nursing beds.   “Instead of making the proper investment into long-term care, the government continues to move some of our most vulnerable seniors into facilities that don't have the same level of support or standard of care,” Towle said.  “If the government continues to push forward with this model Carmangay will not be the first facility that is targeted.”  Towle also pointed out that the November 2011 Auditor General’s report shows that the government still has not addressed recommendations made seven years earlier by failing to collect sufficient information to effectively assess the services at our long-term care facilities.  “Albertans, especially our fragile seniors and their families, deserve to be shown a criteria list for shutting down long-term facilities, like the one in Carmangay, and see what other towns might be on that list,” Towle said.  “Otherwise arbitrary shutdowns like these will continue to move forward unchecked.” 


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