Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cheryl Satre Cheryl Satre Yeah, right,,,,like they have done ANYTHING good so far!!! Who are they kidding! Like · Reply · 2 · 7 hrs---------------Alberta's NDP Sponsored · Seniors have spent their lives taking care of us. Now its our turn to take care of them.------Julie Ali This is rich. The NDP folks who ignore the plight of seniors in the continuing care system are advising us of the great support they give to families who have no options but take care of their families at home? The amount of spin we have to read is astonishing and what is worse we have to put up with it until we vote y'all out.---


#AlbertaNDPSpinmasters--The extraordinary amount of spin we encounter and then counter is interesting. I wonder if the push to advertise home care is to take the public attention off the continuing care system problems? I mean maybe providing home care to all the families who are acting as care takers for their family members at home because they are afraid to put them in the continuing care system or can't access the system--is the strategy for the NDP folks? If so -- I'd say based on the remarks here that the strategy is not working. We're no longer fooled.


Seniors have spent their lives taking care of us. Now its our turn to take care of them.
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Julie Ali This is rich. The NDP folks who ignore the plight of seniors in the continuing care system are advising us of the great support they give to families who have no options but take care of their families at home? The amount of spin we have to read is astonishing and what is worse we have to put up with it until we vote y'all out.
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Marguerite Redshaw Wonder WHO signed Up
Edward Redshaw for this ???
He said he did not put his name up there !!! Interesting ???
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Julie Ali Very interesting and very spinny.
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Leah McRorie Right but not by institutionalizing people. Segregation leads to poor health & early death. 
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Sylvia Kennedy Approving a DESPERATELY needed lodge in High Level so our seniors don't have to leave their communities, would be a good start🤔🙏🙏
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June 19 at 9:29pm
Julie Ali Don't count on the Hoffman saying yes to this unless you can get a whole pile of mummies writing on her Facebook page as per the midwives who got money for mummies.
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Penny Russell Leman There was an excellent program through Home Care called Self Managed Care that allowed seniors and those with chronic illnesses to access funding to stay independent at home. It ran successfully for years. The NDP government quietly froze funds for that program last year giving those who should have been able to stay home no other option than to move to facilities. Much more expensive. How is THAT quiet little cut back helping seniors. That is just one example. Those working the front lines know of many more. Political hot air. 2019 can't come soon enough.
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Julie Ali I agree with you. The PCs at least were not dependable and we knew it. But to find out that the folks we voted for are all about their own interests while miming the public interest is so interesting. Who knew that politicians were this smooth?
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Faye Leicht Pictures do not tell the true story about our Senior care in Alberta ! The NDP need to come out and see what really happens in these for profit Senior care facilities. They need more staff !!!! I would like to see Miss Hoffman jump out of bed , use washroom and get washed up and dressed in 7 minutes ,yes that is what the staff are expected to do ,get each resident up and ready in 7 minutes. OMG people you need to be scared to get old because these facilities are run for profit , not for care, and the people who are paying are the people who build this province , open your eyes before it,s to late...
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Penny Russell Leman Sadly in rural areas where there are very few private care homes the PUBLIC ones provide no better care. They TOO need LESS management and more front line workers. Nothing has changed under the NDP.
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Julie Ali Penny Russell Leman You just have to note the problems that the Lacombe long term care was found to have to see that public facilities are no better than private ones. The problem is government. No oversight-no interest- no autopsies and a ton of regulations. What's missing here is public activism about this junk.
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J RH Bradbury I totally agree, my mom wasn't able to live on her own, once she had a stroke so we moved her into an assisted living facility very close to our home. However there were many residents there who had no one to help them and they were desperately lonely.
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Julie Ali Very sad situation and very prevalent. It's what is called bare minimum care provision and the standards of care are basically just window dressing or why else is the AHS run Lacombe long term care a place with many non-compliances to the standards of care? And why are nursing students doing the job that the auditors at Alberta Health and AHS are paid to do? Why are we seeing non-compliances for four years for the accommodation reports at this facility?http://www.lacombeexpress.com/.../critics-call-for-quick.../ “These are serious issues and as the person who delivered it to us felt, they were shocked and thought the public needed to know,” said Orr.

“Our objective is not to make things worse at the hospital or to try and blame anybody. We want to try and see this whole thing fixed and we want to see the hospital to be a safe place for residents and a happy place for family members to have their residents and quite frankly a safe and happy place for staff to work. I don’t think this is caused by staff directly. This is caused by the long-term and systemic issues of Alberta Health Services and particularly the funding that has been so well detailed for all of Central Alberta where we receive substantially less funding then other places.

“As a result, staff are short, equipment is short, maintenance issues are not dealt with, supplies are not provided and the staff are doing the best they can with a very, very difficult situation.

“It needs to come to light so Alberta Health Services can’t just whitewash it and make it all go away.”
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Jean Davis Rockwell Penny, can't we wait and see, if you miss you PC party so much I feel sorry for you, but when vote time comes please make sure you vote,as for the seniors I haven"t seen any party do anything for us, I paid 800:00 a year for school tax, we as seniors shouldn't have to pay school tax, I think that we have paid enough over the years
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Penny Russell Leman Please understand that I did not support the corrupt PC party BUT I also never expected that an NDP government would quietly erode excellent supportive cost effective programs either. The grant program for low income seniors to help renovate aging homes under the Special Needs Assistance program has been replaced by a "loan" program whereby instead of getting a free grant to do the work seniors now have to mortgage their home and pay interest back to the government. Then it was touted as a real favour to seniors. Did you know about that little cutback? There are quite a few. But hidden here and there and never reported. I work in the Health Care system predominantly with seniors and I am beyond disgusted.
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Julie Ali Penny Russell Leman The NDP folks are worse than the PCs. At least with the PCs we knew we got no representation. You only have to see the hole in the ground Katz Arena in Edmonton to see where money goes. But to think that the NDP folks who railed against this DeMockracy do the same junk is just unbelievable. I am not going to vote NDP again. The fact that none of the political parties are interested in seniors should not stop us from activating ourselves to get them interested.
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Robert Alan Davidson Tricky premise. As a senior, I appreciate the help, believe me, but there are far too many seniors who need to think about sharing with the young and working to recover the blessed world THEY grew up in, instead of dumping on the next generations.
Muriel Stovin Love the NDP for what they are doing for us to help us stay in our own home with the help of home care. Keep up the good work!!
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June 18 at 8:58am
Tina Fox Congrats...Funny they shut down homes for seniors in rural areas...but hey...you got yours. Ugh!
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June 19 at 2:40am
Gloria Galas You better check and see how little home care you will get not much
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June 19 at 5:46pm
Penny Russell Leman There was an excellent program through Home Care called Self Managed Care that allowed seniors and those with chronic illnesses to access funding to stay independent at home. It ran successfully for years. The NDP government quietly froze funds for that program last year giving those who should have been able to stay home no other option than to move to facilities. Much more expensive. How is THAT quiet little cut back helping seniors. That is just one example. Those working the front lines know of many more. They are busy robbing Peter to pay Paul. Political hot air. 2019 can"t come soon enough.
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Julie Ali What good work? We haven't seen any of this so called good work in the continuing care system. We still have the same problems with non-compliances even at AHS run facilities. If this is the situation at AHS run facilities what is the situation in the private for profit and not for profit sectors of the continuing care system? Where is the money to assist families coping with dementia patients at home? What is the dementia care like in the continuing care system? I'm betting that families will be able to provide better dementia care at home than in the system because hey--there is NO provincial dementia strategy even though major numbers of folks have been yapping about the strategy for years while families slog it out at home. It's troubling that the NDP are even worse than the PCs and yet the spin is so much better that we have folks fooled even after two years of incompetence. And let us not forget Sundre where the minister tried to shut down long term care beds: http://www.friendsofmedicare.org/wodak_sundre Closure of the LTC beds was not an AHS decision. The LTC beds in the Sundre Hospital were registered as an Auxiliary Hospital. According to the OPERATION OF APPROVED HOSPITALS REGULATION Alberta Regulation 247/1990 “Every hospital shall require prior approval of the Minister for a) any proposed major change or termination of an existing service provided by the hospital ...”

This was a decision made without any consultation with the community, and the community is very concerned about the loss of the LTC beds. AHS is now planning consultations to determine future use of the hospital space

The current NDP government is on record over a long period of time, in 2012, NDP MLA David Eggen compared the closure of the long term care facility in Carmangay to “domestic abuse” at a rally to protest Premier Redford’s decision. Also in 2012, Premier Rachel Notley commented that the Tory plan to limit LTC beds and shift to supportive living “aims to force sick seniors to shoulder a larger share of their health-related costs and live in facilities that may offer them an inadequate level of care.

"It's unfair, but it's also absolutely penny wise and pound foolish," Notley said.

"These patients will end up in much more expensive ER and acute care beds because they are the last resort."

The 2015 NDP Election Platform promised to create 2,000 public long term care beds [not to close public beds and shifting to private supportive living], and to “end the PCs’ costly experiments in privatization, and redirect the funds to publicly delivered services. 

They are short-changing Alberta seniors by not creating enough long-term care beds and relying on expensive, for-profit delivery of inadequate assisted living and homecare.

Hansard records for Monday, March 14, 2016 and Tuesday March 15, 2016 show an interesting role reversal; the Wildrose protesting shutting down long-term care beds and laying off nurses in Sundre, and NDP Health Minister Hoffman explaining that they’re not really losing LTC beds, although there might be a slightly different level of care the number of beds is increasing from 15 to 40.

The Minister’s lines could have been written by any of the Tory Health
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Tina Fox Sssshhhh....Muriel got what she voted for ....nobody else in Alberta matters.
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Julie Ali Tina Fox I'm glad Muriel got what she voted for. I voted for the NDP so as to get action in continuing care. What I got was the same old same old baloney of the PCs. I don't know why folks don't recognize the lack of performance but eventually when their family members are in the continuing care system they can look back at the NDP legacy of inaction and see it as their one and only opportunity to change the system. Too bad.
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Brenda Trottier So what are they going to do for seniors put them back under Healthcare umbrella and put together guidelines and policy's and procedure guidelines for private facility's and establish a patient to caregiver ratio
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June 17 at 1:37pm
Brenda Hill Good questions.
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June 17 at 2:02pm
Shirlene Omiunu We definitely need some changes. Most importantly we need to get rid of ALL privatized nursing homes - like privatized jails - they are just making off of human misery.
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June 17 at 3:39pm
Brenda Trottier That is so true we can thank the conservatives for that
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June 17 at 3:40pm
Cynthia Judith McRae Shirlene Omiunu you are correct Nursing care should not be privatized as it always about profit Not the care people deserve.I dread getting older and ending up in such places.
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June 18 at 8:35am
Peggy Beres So true. These for profit care homes put the bottom line first. It is really hard trying to get anything done about these places.
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June 19 at 9:45am
Brenda Trottier Yes it is especially when the government is giving them millions of dollars to build places to take them and lying to people telling them it's a good thing and no policy's in place or laws to protect the seniors it's really hard to watch
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June 19 at 9:49am
Linda Fikkert We have privatized nursing homes? For me the ideal would be seniors in their own homes with visiting caregivers. Some places in Alberta have nothing in place. I am a senior, I do not trust anything %100 government controlled, either. I did work in "nursing homes" . Nothing is perfect, ideal is as close to home and family as possible. Give excellent support to family as they care for their loved ones at home where possible. Rural seniors suffer the most by being distanced from familiar surrondings.
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Brenda Trottier That's true and yes what bothers me is they take seniors out from under the Healthcare umbrella and put them under the accomdation act to place them in private care so everything is separate and costly but that isn't under any guidelines so patient to nurse or caregiver ratios is not governed at all and yes we have lots
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June 19 at 4:03pm
Linda Fikkert Learning more as I talk to those with parents in this system. Ratios are 40 to 1 and rising to 60 to one in some places. This needs change but not %100 government controlled. We are humans not canned goods.
Brenda Trottier That's right and it needs to be a dressed in the old days the ratios were very bad to it has alot to do with the rating system they use to place people in different beds and different facility's this is not what they require for care and private facility's are not even required to call an ambulance when they are sick or hurt because they are under the accommodations act it is very wrong and when something does happen and it makes the news the out comes are never told are they staff is fired and there is an investigation pending but nothing else happens then they open a new place with government money in another town and no one seems to care unless they or a loved one is caught up in the nightmare
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June 19 at 10:07pm
Brenda Trottier That's right and it needs to be a dressed in the old days the ratios were very bad to it has alot to do with the rating system they use to place people in different beds and different facility's this is not what they require for care and private facility's are not even required to call an ambulance when they are sick or hurt because they are under the accommodations act it is very wrong and when something does happen and it makes the news the out comes are never told are they staff is fired and there is an investigation pending but nothing else happens then they open a new place with government money in another town and no one seems to care unless they or a loved one is caught up in the nightmare
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June 19 at 10:08pm
Julie Ali Brenda Trottier The money being given to the continuing care businesses do not result in any assets for the public and we also have no control over the way the private sector (for profit or not for profit) conducts business. Staff:resident ratios are not mandated by government so anything goes. The Cold Lake Points West Living staff were all fired recently after complaining about working conditions. It is troubling that the NDP failed to do anything about this mass termination.
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Julie Ali Brenda Trottier Government doesn't care about the problems of families in the continuing care system because government set up this system so as to download both staff and citizen issues to the private sector for the most part. Even if residents are in the public sector continuing care facility they can be disciplined with the use of evictions and their families can face retribution thanks to the Trespass to Premises legislation that allows banning. While the PCs made this legislation the NDP folks have not amended it to allow access to justice for banned citizens. Oh, nope. Ms. Hoffman just got the AHS folks to make a banning policy to regulate the banning. The internal to AHS appeal process is there to tidy up the loose ends. It's troubling but there you go. At least we know that the NDP aren't willing to rock this continuing care ship until it sinks. Or stinks as in #MediaAttention and #SocialMediaChangesEverything.
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Julie Ali Shirlene Omiunu The public continuing care facilities are performing poorly as well. Lacombe long term care was found to have four years of non-compliances for accommodation audits and had many non-compliances to the standards of care with reference to the CCHSS audit. Troubling. http://www.lacombeexpress.com/.../critics-call-for-quick.../ “These are serious issues and as the person who delivered it to us felt, they were shocked and thought the public needed to know,” said Orr.

“Our objective is not to make things worse at the hospital or to try and blame anybody. We want to try and see this whole thing fixed and we want to see the hospital to be a safe place for residents and a happy place for family members to have their residents and quite frankly a safe and happy place for staff to work. I don’t think this is caused by staff directly. This is caused by the long-term and systemic issues of Alberta Health Services and particularly the funding that has been so well detailed for all of Central Alberta where we receive substantially less funding then other places.

“As a result, staff are short, equipment is short, maintenance issues are not dealt with, supplies are not provided and the staff are doing the best they can with a very, very difficult situation.

“It needs to come to light so Alberta Health Services can’t just whitewash it and make it all go away.”
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Brenda Trottier I hope it does come to light and things can be changed I don't think that letting this go on until it's totally broken or more people die needlessly is the only route to go but the system is horrible and we owe our seniors a large debt in society they went to war and changed things for us now how do we go about changing things for them this would be a movement I could get behind and I don't think I'm alone
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Tom Smith Shirlene Omiunu Idiots! More public sector wages costing 30% , how does that help?
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Julie Ali Tom Smith What on Earth are you talking about? If the private sector can't take care of our most vulnerable people humanely then let us indeed get more public sector workers to do this work. Or do you want this junk to continue? Government is not willing to do anything about private sector business practices so let us do the work in a regulated public sector business that we manage.
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Julie Ali Brenda Trottier Ruth Adria of the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society has been bringing these issues up and has been ignored, harassed with banning tickets and sued. Government, the health authorities and the continuing care industry are all partners with each other and yet who is partners with us? The families have no one. Don't think any of the advocates and patient relations departments are there for families. They are there to move families forward and keep issues private so that the GOA is not embarrassed. The sad part is that we pay for all these people who do not serve us.
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Louise Cusack Yes we need more Gov't assisted Independent living facilities. There is a great need for this type of facility.
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June 18 at 11:05am
Gil Reynolds Thank you young working people. We do appreciate that you are picking up the slack for us with your contributions.
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June 17 at 5:17am
Cheryl Satre Yeah, right,,,,like they have done ANYTHING good so far!!! Who are they kidding!
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Joyce Werry What happened to the Self Managed Care program through Home Care? That was a great program ... working well! Was it cancelled?
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