Friday, April 7, 2017

Julie Ali Curious that the GOA has so much time and money for folks in the home care sector but not in the continuing care sector such as with reference to long term care and SL4 or dementia sites. It maybe that while citizens can still make it to vote we're still useful but once we enter the continuing care system there's no point in putting any spin into the business.

The health ministry’s latest budget features a $57-million cut to acute care services, while funding for home and community care is set to rise $200 million to more than $2 billion.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says her government will be pushing hard this year on a major health system transformation that will see more people treated at home…
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Julie Ali Curious that the GOA has so much time and money for folks in the home care sector but not in the continuing care sector such as with reference to long term care and SL4 or dementia sites. It maybe that while citizens can still make it to vote we're still useful but once we enter the continuing care system there's no point in putting any spin into the business.
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Julie Ali It is curious that the both the provincial health minister and the federal health minister as well believe that home care is a solution to the high costs of health care. I don't see how having folks being serviced at home will reduce the costs of hospital services. I mean there is a limit to the sort of care that can be provided at home and some services are only possible at hospitals. 

Home care is not the solution to the problems of increased care demands of seniors. I mean think about it folks. You have folks running around from house to house trying to provide medical services to individual homes. This is not cost effective and will only work if the providers are well organized, don't have too difficult a job to do and have care plans that they can follow.

In contrast, in a well funded long term care system you would have groups of people receiving the specialised care that some seniors will need. The money should be going to the continuing care system in a public format. By having the long term care facilities and other continuing care facilities in the public sector you avoid the junk that sometimes happens in the private continuing care system. The public system usually does not evict, may sometimes ban but certainly is more restrained at taking legal action against citizens. I haven't heard of the public system suing folks yet but these forms of retribution occur in the private continuing care system.

While it is nice that money is going to the home care sector, it's not -in my opinion going to work for the major numbers of dementia cases or the complex care cases that are not well served in the system currently. How will home care serve these citizens? Or will we have families at home helping the home care folks to do the work of taking care of their family members with dementia?

If the government of Alberta is really interested in efficiency I would suggest that they have only one health authority in Alberta and this would save us a ton of cash as well. We would not have duplication of administrative services, we would get rid of one set of executive staff and certainly we would find that service delivery would be made standardised according to one set of bureaucratic rules (AHS rather than AHS plus Covenant Health).

The home care system that will be funded by us will be a boon to private companies who will focus on the profit aspect rather than the care aspect. The provincial government folks will provide the private sector with all the money they can shovel at this sector. The privatisation of the continuing care sector has been ongoing since the time of the PCs; we have ASLI grants that are given to real estate developers who take care of seniors as a side job. Why are we paying for these assets of private companies? Government does not want to do this work. Similarly, government will hand over home care to the private sector so it can do what it does best, which is act as a bank and hand out money via contracts. Oversight of home care like the oversight of continuing care will be lax and flexible. 

But of course, unless you have family in the continuing care system or using home care (which for the most part was rather erratic when my family used it) you don't have any idea of the difficulties of this sector. It is nice to have this spin about staying home and such like made possible by our tax dollars but the reality is that there isn't enough money for seniors either at home or in the continuing care system and government doesn't care.
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Audrey Sharun This woman doesn't know what she's talking about! I have been advocating for Senor's affordable housing for years and it's fallin on deaf ears. Example; I am a senior who needs to move into affordable housing. $3000 is not affordable. With subsidy I get exactly $2010 per month. I can no longer keep my yard, paint, shovel sidewalks etc or do minor repairs. My monthly income doesn't allow me to hire this out. Now Miss Intelligence, exactly what is home care going to do for me? Which bandage will they change? I have put my name into many affordable living senior's facilities. It's now over 2 years and still nothing. I agree, to give medication or help with bathing I agree, but in many cases the need is far greater.
Julie Ali The government of Alberta has to publish this sort of spin in order to let the public know they are doing something even if the stuff they are doing is useless or simply ineffectual. For most citizens this works. If you are a senior, in the situation you are in, it's harder to be fooled.
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Bonnie Grundy Oh good people get to stay home just to call ems every time they have issues. But no money for ems so should these people staying at home rely on home care to give them rides to hospital
Julie Ali This is called short term thinking.
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Gwen MacNeill Finally home care is being brought forward. Good work Minister Hoffman!
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Julie Ali How does this help folks with complex care needs?
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Chris Donahue Am I the only one who thinks the health minister should look/be 
healthy herself?
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Dean S Astill She should resign. Childish name calling. Pathetic
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DeAnna Beauchamp Resign Sarah Hoffmann!
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Agnes Gushaty Is she nuts
Frank Hogan Why not we're loaded right? 
Makin it rain dollar bills y'all.
Julie Ali Home care is not the solution.
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