Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees February 16 at 3:37pm · More coverage of Ms. Penner's death. So very sad. Points West Living locked out its regular employees in Cold Lake just before Christmas. The serious decline in quality care under scab replacement workers has families rightfully worried. What's it going to take to end this lockout?#ColdLakeLockout "Olga Penner originally moved to the facility in November, before the lockout, and her family said the care she received originally was 'great.'"----------Julie Ali Until the problems in the continuing care system are revealed to the public in a public reporting system that not only reports on the accommodations but also on care non-compliances the problems of understaffing and poorly trained workers resulting in non-compliant care will continue. For all the advertisements of the government of Alberta they are not interested in workers or citizens. They are interested in being a bank. The government and the health authorities simply want to download labour costs, problems and families to the private for profit and not for profit continuing care business for the most part. This is why we give public dollars to the industry to subsidize their real estate developments. We end up with no assets but the private continuing care provider has lots of real estate that is valuable. This is true for not for profits and for profits. The real estate is everything. Even if there is only minor profits made, you can always flip the real estate. What this means for citizens is that we are at the mercy of business folks and a government that doesn't give a darn for workers, vulnerable residents or families. It's all very neat.----


So surprising to see how little citizens know of the problems in the continuing care system in Alberta.
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More coverage of Ms. Penner's death. So very sad. Points West Living locked out its regular employees in Cold Lake just before Christmas. The serious decline in quality care under scab replacement workers has families rightfully worried. What's it going to take to end this lockout?#ColdLakeLockout
"Olga Penner originally moved to the facility in November, before the lockout, and her family said the care she received originally was 'great.'"

Alberta Health Services is reviewing an assisted living facility in Cold Lake after an elderly woman who was removed from the residence later died in hospital.
EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM

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Patricia Kerr O AHS will prob think all is ok! They think we are only deserving of 1.2% increase.they need to do our work and see if they continue to feel the same way!
Linda Feland-Swityk I think you are thinking of the previous government
Julie Ali Linda Feland-Swityk There is no difference between the previous government and this one except this one is better at pretending to care for the most defenceless citizens in the continuing care system. It won't be long before citizens wake up to the fac...See More
Sharon McGaughey Would like to read this but Journal wants me to subscribe. Please don't post on FB if everyone can't access. ;(
Merryn Edwards Here's the original article from the Cold Lake Sun http://www.coldlakesun.com/.../family-of-elderly-woman...
Sharon McGaughey Thanks this works. Very sad about the lockout tactics of the facility and the consequences.
Wendy Rudiger So sad and unnecessary. ...can someone prove to me private care homes are good?? These vulnerable folks and the loving regular caregivers deserve our support.
Julie Ali This happens in public facilities and private facilities. What we need are public viewing of audits like the Alberta Health Quality Audits, the CCHSS audits, AHS or Covenant Health audits, the Protection for Persons in Care reports. The lack of transparency ensures that the private/public operator of these businesses remain in charge of the facts. The facts if revealed to the public might result in some action.
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Tamara Le I personally know this woman and her family VERY well and if this is true i am extremely angry it got to this point I am also a nurse and no patient should go without proper care because of a political disagreement this makes me sick 😢😡
Julie Ali It happens all the time. It takes ages for AHS to do anything. You have to have a certain number of complaints by families to get Alberta Health to get off its rump. Meanwhile folks can go through repeated adverse events and nearly die. It's ridiculous and government needs its rump kicked. By us.
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Dot Smith Politics over life - sad 
Linda Feland-Swityk And people in that area still want to support WRP. They would cut health care even more
Julie Ali The NDP have not provided us any changes have they? So we will vote Wildrose to ensure change happens. If it takes several political party changes to ensure we get the right care for vulnerable seniors then I guess this is what we have to do. I mean th...See More
Stephanie Cavanagh Shame on Points West for being more concerned about profits and not people!
Leah Hanasyk Family's really need to speak up and do it clearly and loudly
Julie Ali When we speak we are sued. Families have been banned and cannot see loved ones. One man in Alberta has been banned from all AHS sites. This sort of retribution is well known to the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society. The GOA does not publish non-compliances in care but does publish accommodation non-compliances unlike in Ontario. This means the public just doesn't know the extent of the problems in long term care and other sites. Why is this? Could it be that the GOA doesn't want the public to know of problems? Without the help of AUPE, families are helpless and are unable to publicly declare problems without retribution.
Anne King This goes on a lot more at privatized facilities than people realize Families pay big money for family members to be there and are continually worked short staffed
Julie Ali Short staffing is the least of the problems at these places. If you do speak of the problems publicly they sue you.
Shirlene Omiunu Yes - I see short staff problems every day. What surprises me is the lack of family intervention. I guess its easier for them not to notice - because I have yet to see a family speak up. Or maybe the nursing homes just hide the disagreements away?
Julie Ali You get banned if you speak publicly and can't see your family member. You will only find out the problems in the system if you get the case to the court and then the system wide failures in the system can become clear to you.
Shirlene Omiunu How can they legally do this - can't see your relative in the nursing home????!!!!!!!!! That is horrible - how can that be legal. I guess the only solution is to remove your family member to a safer place - and then complain. But I know most families can't afford to do this - especially if their family member is heavy care.
Julie Ali Shirlene Omiunu They even try to take your family member away from families by putting them in the care of the Public Guardian. Citizens won't know about this stuff until they encounter the health authorities -AHS and Covenant Health and the continuing care industry face to face in a problem.
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Julie Ali Shirlene Omiunu They use the Trespass to Premises legislation developed without an appeal by the PCs and now continued by the NDP folks. It's very interesting how families are controlled. If you are too yappy, they ban you so you can't see your family ...See More
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Julie Ali Until the problems in the continuing care system are revealed to the public in a public reporting system that not only reports on the accommodations but also on care non-compliances the problems of understaffing and poorly trained workers resulting in non-compliant care will continue. For all the advertisements of the government of Alberta they are not interested in workers or citizens. They are interested in being a bank. The government and the health authorities simply want to download labour costs, problems and families to the private for profit and not for profit continuing care business for the most part. This is why we give public dollars to the industry to subsidize their real estate developments. We end up with no assets but the private continuing care provider has lots of real estate that is valuable. This is true for not for profits and for profits. The real estate is everything. Even if there is only minor profits made, you can always flip the real estate. What this means for citizens is that we are at the mercy of business folks and a government that doesn't give a darn for workers, vulnerable residents or families. It's all very neat.
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