INNISFAIL, AB (May 14, 2014): Seniors in care will be paying more money for declining levels of care after the government announced an increase to long term care accommodation rates, Wildrose Human Services and Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said today.
The out of pocket accommodation rates means seniors will pay almost $200 more per month more by 2016. Towle said the increase comes at time when the government’s track record on the quality of care for seniors has never been worse.
“This government has been totally absent on improving the quality of care for these vulnerable seniors and now they’re going to ask them to pay more,” Towle said. “The timing of this hike couldn’t be worse. If the government is going to hike accommodation rates, the least they could do is demonstrate a real commitment to improving the care seniors receive.”
Many questions have been raised in recent months about the quality of care in a number of long term care facilities across the province. Whether it’s crumbling infrastructure, abuse through negligence, or banning family from visiting loved ones, the government has a lot of work to do to make sure that Alberta seniors are getting value for the money they spend in long term care, Towle said.
“Most seniors in long term care are already facing financial pressures on their fixed incomes and today’s announcement will only increase that burden,” Towle said. “It would be one thing if they saw an improvement in their care along with the rate increase, but that simply isn’t the case.”