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Seniors deserve more than one bath a week: Towle

EDMONTON, AB (November 27, 2012): Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle today challenged the PC government to take the steps to ensure vulnerable seniors in long-term and continuing care facilities are able to access more than one shower a week without being charged additional fees.

 Currently in Alberta there are no standards for bathing and in many facilities seniors face struggles to receive more than a single assisted bath or shower throughout the week as established in their care plan. “This PC government continues to mismanage our health care dollars instead of sending essential dollars to some of our most vulnerable seniors,” Towle said.  “This is an issue that is about the dignity and respect for our seniors and their families as they age in our provincial facilities.” Towle, who was her brother’s caregiver when he lived at a long-term care facility and received one shower a week, noted that the province offers inmates access to a shower a day. She pressed the Minister to explain why it’s a struggle to give many seniors across Alberta access to more than just one a shower a week. “Many seniors feel that it is degrading to only have access to one bath a week, while they remain in their fragile state,” Towle said.  “It’s time this out-of-touch PC government put our seniors first and makes a commitment to show our seniors the respect they deserve.”