Saturday, April 8, 2017

-----Julie Ali Just now · While the town halls are useful how will this change the lack of interest by the NDP folks we hired to government in the continuing care system? Seniors and their problems are of very low priority; money is being spent to pay off the orphan well program liabilities of big oil but not for seniors in the continuing care system where we spend money to ensure profits for private continuing care providers. Whether public dollars go to support public or private continuing care providers, we should be given the information on how well public dollars are being spent. How much money is spent on staff and executives? How much money on residents and their care? How much money on the profits or assets of the company? How much money is put into savings for the business? Then we need to see quality review audits by Alberta Health and AHS. We need to view the PPIC reports which can be released in a redacted format. We need to see the CCHSS audits. All of these audits including the accommodation audits should be kept in a permanent repository online for a record of performance so that families can determine which are the best places to put their family members. Why should we be kept in the dark? Many seniors cannot go to these town hall meetings or contact the people who are in charge of money. We need strong family advocates acknowledged and protected for their advocacy work and we need to have anti-SLAPP legislation so that families are free to speak about problems without lawsuits. The Government of Alberta is fully aware of the retribution problems in the continuing care industry and is complicit with the cover up of the problems. Unfortunately without families speaking and facing retribution we won't have any change in this area until sufficient families are willing to risk litigation to tell the stories of harm, abuse and death. It is not up to AUPE or the GOA in the end. It's up to families standing up for their family members. #StandUpForYourFamilies--------Julie Ali Just now · While the town halls are useful how will this change the lack of interest by the NDP folks we hired to government in the continuing care system? Seniors and their problems are of very low priority; money is being spent to pay off the orphan well program liabilities of big oil but not for seniors in the continuing care system where we spend money to ensure profits for private continuing care providers. Whether public dollars go to support public or private continuing care providers, we should be given the information on how well public dollars are being spent. How much money is spent on staff and executives? How much money on residents and their care? How much money on the profits or assets of the company? How much money is put into savings for the business? Then we need to see quality review audits by Alberta Health and AHS. We need to view the PPIC reports which can be released in a redacted format. We need to see the CCHSS audits. All of these audits including the accommodation audits should be kept in a permanent repository online for a record of performance so that families can determine which are the best places to put their family members. Why should we be kept in the dark? Many seniors cannot go to these town hall meetings or contact the people who are in charge of money. We need strong family advocates acknowledged and protected for their advocacy work and we need to have anti-SLAPP legislation so that families are free to speak about problems without lawsuits. The Government of Alberta is fully aware of the retribution problems in the continuing care industry and is complicit with the cover up of the problems. Unfortunately without families speaking and facing retribution we won't have any change in this area until sufficient families are willing to risk litigation to tell the stories of harm, abuse and death. It is not up to AUPE or the GOA in the end. It's up to families standing up for their family members. #StandUpForYourFamilies


The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is hosting Seniors Care Town Halls in Slave Lake, Red Deer, Vegreville, and Lloydminster throughout April and May, and…
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  • While the town halls are useful how will this change the lack of interest by the NDP folks we hired to government in the continuing care system? Seniors and their problems are of very low priority; money is being spent to pay off the orphan well program liabilities of big oil but not for seniors in the continuing care system where we spend money to ensure profits for private continuing care providers. Whether public dollars go to support public or private continuing care providers, we should be given the information on how well public dollars are being spent. How much money is spent on staff and executives? How much money on residents and their care? How much money on the profits or assets of the company? How much money is put into savings for the business? Then we need to see quality review audits by Alberta Health and AHS. We need to view the PPIC reports which can be released in a redacted format. We need to see the CCHSS audits. All of these audits including the accommodation audits should be kept in a permanent repository online for a record of performance so that families can determine which are the best places to put their family members. Why should we be kept in the dark? Many seniors cannot go to these town hall meetings or contact the people who are in charge of money. We need strong family advocates acknowledged and protected for their advocacy work and we need to have anti-SLAPP legislation so that families are free to speak about problems without lawsuits.
    The Government of Alberta is fully aware of the retribution problems in the continuing care industry and is complicit with the cover up of the problems. Unfortunately without families speaking and facing retribution we won't have any change in this area until sufficient families are willing to risk litigation to tell the stories of harm, abuse and death. It is not up to AUPE or the GOA in the end. It's up to families standing up for their family members.

    The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is hosting Seniors Care Town Halls in Slave Lake, Red Deer, Vegreville, and Lloydminster throughout April and May, and…
    AUPE.ORG

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#StandUpForYourFamilies--while town hall meetings are a first step the real problem is that families are afraid to speak about harm, abuse and deaths due to retribution. It's very difficult to first go public about problems and then to keep talking about these problems results in litigation that usually ends up in families being silenced in Alberta.
Government is complicit in this business because it solves embarrassing public scrutiny problems that have been successfully managed in Alberta by the culture of secrecy at the GOA. Why else don't we get access to audits and reviews of the continuing care industry other then the innocuous accommodation reports that are yanked off the website soon after posting? Why no permanent repository of historical audits for the families? I guess the less we know, the less we can publicly talk about. But without public discourse, the problems of seniors in the continuing care system which includes home care, supportive living sites, lodges, and long term care facilities--well these problems aren't discussed.
These problems should be discussed. This is a democracy. Information and public discourse are part of our duties as good citizens of a functional democracy. In Alberta for far too long under the PC error we didn't know. Now we know of some of the horror stories due to the courage of families speaking in public about the harm, abuse and deaths of family members. But why do we have to take the risks and costs of retribution? Why doesn't government simply avoid retribution by publishing the audits? When the audits are out --then families don't have any risks because government is providing the facts that the families are blathering on about. It's government that has failed to help families.
So really in the end, government is covering up for itself and letting families take the punishment for doing the work of government. Nice set up. But how long will it last oh mighty GOA? We're speaking.


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