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Ron Orr MLA April 24 · Almost 50 per cent of seniors in need of continuing care placement are made to wait longer than 30 days, highlighting Alberta’s increasing problems with wait times.----------Wildrose Shadow Minister for Seniors and Mental Health Mark Smith said he was particularly troubled by the fact that in southern Alberta only 48 per cent of seniors are placed within 30 days. Even more troubling, senior officials called this number “stable” in the report’s summary. “48 per cent placement within a month certainly suggests failure,” Smith said. “The government needs to take accountability for the fact that even with the announced increase in continuing care beds, wait times are getting worse under its watch and this is unacceptable.”------

I took mum to the podiatrist today as she was in need of service. I always have a problem finding the place and have to draw out several maps to get to the place. After we got home I was able to get younger boy to apply for one job. This is the best we could do today.
The portfolio preparation is beginning. I have taken out the art work that has to be placed in a book so that he can take photographs for his website.
Then there is the matter of looking at all the other requirements for the Banff program for next year.
In the end he doesn't get into the Banff program we have a back up plan of SAIT and three classes there.
He doesn't want to go to university.
The weather outside is pleasant and there seems to have been a growth spurt in the garden. I haven't anything there other than plant a few potatoes. I put the rest of the spuds in the compost as they looked as if they were dead.
I am writing about the continuing care system today. I am a bit muddled between all the problems in Grande Prairie, Cold Lake and Lacombe but this will iron itself out eventually as I go through the data.
It was troubling to see that while the number of beds may be increasing with the NDP folks--wait times are increasing. How does this make sense? I guess with the bed deficit, even adding the number of beds they are adding will not address the ongoing problems in finding placements for folks. At the same time that the wait time for a continuing care placement is increasing the government is decreasing funding for self managed care which makes no sense at all.
You would think that self managed care would take the pressure off the system which is already incapable of timely placements of seniors.
Almost 50 per cent of seniors in need of continuing care placement are made to wait longer than 30 days, highlighting Alberta’s increasing problems with wait times.

A new report from AHS outlines how Alberta seniors are facing long waits to find continuing care placement under the NDP government, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
WILDROSECAUCUS.CA
http://www.wildrosecaucus.ca/continuing-care-placement-for…/
APRIL 20, 2017
Continuing care placement for seniors continues to fall under the NDP: Wildrose
A new report from AHS outlines how Alberta seniors are facing long waits to find continuing care placement under the NDP government, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
According to the AHS Third Quarter Performance Report, Alberta seniors have only a 56 per cent chance of finding continuing care placement within 30 days.
Wildrose Shadow Minister for Seniors and Mental Health Mark Smith said he was particularly troubled by the fact that in southern Alberta only 48 per cent of seniors are placed within 30 days. Even more troubling, senior officials called this number “stable” in the report’s summary.
“48 per cent placement within a month certainly suggests failure,” Smith said. “The government needs to take accountability for the fact that even with the announced increase in continuing care beds, wait times are getting worse under its watch and this is unacceptable.”
Smith said he’s been told by former AHS officials that the government is pulling funding for self-managed care. Self-managed care funding allows greater flexibility in meeting individuals’ needs, and provides much more cost-effective options for long term care.
“This does not make sense. At the same time it’s failing on wait times, the government is doubly hurting seniors by pulling money away from self-managed care. We know that self-managed care provides improved options for quality of life and is proven to be cost-effective,” Smith said. “Our seniors – the men and women who built this province – deserve better.”

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