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Marie Frances McLeod We need more money and the NDP are giving it. Sounds like a good start to me. Like · Reply · July 2 at 10:02am Manage Julie Ali Julie Ali A good start? This money is coming from the federal government. The NDP folks have done nothing for the continuing care system other than continue the failed policies of the PCs by approving ASLI grants for the private sector as noted here: http://www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/.../2014-15%20ASLI... I guess they don't support public continuing care facilities; they support the same old same old of the PCs which seems to have been download the care of our most vulnerable citizens to a for profit sector that has difficulties in providing accurate services and supports for seniors. It's troubling but it seems like no one really cares until they have family in the continuing care system. Like · Reply · July 6 at 4:29pm · Edited Manage Marie Frances McLeod Marie Frances McLeod Your information is old. Like · Reply · Yesterday at 5:41pm Manage Julie Ali Julie Ali Marie Frances McLeod I don't think so. This is all the NDP have done to date. They have simply approved of the PCs decisions except for a couple of grants that were refused. Like · Reply · Just now


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Dee Johnston Helping us with our perscriptions would help. AB pays 70%, but some months my 30% comes to more than $200. sure takes a bite out of one's pension
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June 24 at 7:36pm
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Cheryl Osborne As well as dental & vision care. If you are poor enough to qualify as hardship, you get your tooth pulled or filled. Period. It's just too bad if you've broken a tooth or need a root canal.
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June 25 at 10:17pm
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Erna Topliffe Getting tooth capped quoted at $1200. One month's income for some low income seniors
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Maureen Reid There will be meetings and discussions and nothing changes. Not enough trained staff. Too many with only 6 week courses and can't handle simple medical needs. A good place to start is with David Sheard and the Butterfly Project. Music, tv, colours are important. Make these facilities homey. Seniors need to pick up, touch or dressup or hold stuffies. All of that is not available for many seniors. No stimulation. Few workers talking to them but talk down to them. I hope I am gone before I have to be institutionalized.
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July 2 at 12:12amEdited
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Julie Ali I agree with you. There is no time for humane care and the workers aren't able to provide the care that is required because of this. In addition there is a need for better training of staff. It's doubtful to me that we will get any of these wishes. The system is bent on cheapening out.
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July 6 at 4:51pm
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Shirley Tripp I am going for Hip Replacement on August 2nd and cannot get home care , but if I fell and broke my hip then I could, why this kind of policy ?
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July 10 at 11:03pm
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Shelley Lebert Just curious...what kind of home care do you need or want? Do you have a spouse, adult children, or neighbours you can call upon during your first week or two home? Just wondering. Best of luck with your upcoming surgery and recovery.
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Shirley Tripp My husband is 75 and trying to care for the dogs, cats yard, chickens and he had 2 heart operations and isn't even allowed to vacuum, my daughter lives not far away but tired after a day work and has to take care of her home so I just want someone to help a couple days a week for a few hours upstairs and main floor to clean a bit, I have been hinting to neighbours but not getting far, just hard to believe its so hard to get help unless you are rich and able to afford someone lots of money to come in a couple hours a couple days a week
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July 12 at 11:13am
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Julie Ali Shirley Tripp You have to depend on your kids. My mum and dad have three of us in Edmonton so we all help out. My younger son also helps. It's good to be helpful. Sorry about your situation. Its very troubling.
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Lauraine Howatt Guaranteed Basic Income in this country would give families options, many options. And warehousing of the aged is so anti traditional, so alienating.
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June 26 at 11:57am
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Linda Feland-Swityk Federal government is working on that
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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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Julie Ali According to the Minister its still there but apparently front line staff aren't on the same page as the Minister: https://www.facebook.com/RonOrrAB/videos/620895261435581/
Ron Orr MLA
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Wildrose wants to know; can senior residents of private
facilities still access self-managed care for their unmet health needs?
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Penny Russell Leman She is either completely out of touch with the current SMC program or outright lying. Ask any Home Care nurse across Alberta if they are still able to access funding for new Self Managed Care clients. They will tell you the program is frozen and will not accept any new applications for the foreseeable future. Unbelievable - my respect for these people have fallen to a new low.
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July 1 at 8:38pmEdited
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Julie Ali Penny Russell Leman This is the same sort of poor governance we have seen in the past with the PCs. I guess the NDP folks used their time in the opposition very well. We have better spin than with the PCs and the amazing matter is that their supporters believe this spin. I guess when they ask for the things that they want, maybe they get them. I am curious when the reality will be seen by folks. Maybe never.
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Bonnie Fay Gravel Yes there is lots of work to be done for seniors that's for sure. It's sad how they get treated after all the work and taxes they've put towards our economy and now they are just forgotten about.
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June 29 at 9:26am
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Maureen Reid I appreciate that the NDP government changed the policy of placing seniors closest to their family caregivers. The Cons wouldn't even consider it. They were placed in the area they lived in and then a transfer could be requested that took up to 3 years to happen. NDP made it possible for the request for transfers to be on the same priority as those living in the area where they need to be. Well done NDP.
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July 2 at 12:10am
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Julie Ali Really? What about the long term care beds in Sundre that were going to be phased out by the NDP? What would have happened to the seniors there? I'm guessing they would be separated. Where is the policy that the NDP have put in to ensure that residents are close to family?
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Maureen Reid do not know anything about this issue.
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Julie Ali Maureen Reid 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 Minsters in the last dozen years.
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Elsie Bourke-Granath IAm on the 6 time looking caregiver for family members It hard job to do. This time it my hubby Where iam at there is no support. No help what so ever yes pleasse do support elders the elders at home not only health centres thanks
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July 2 at 10:10pm
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Shelley Lebert When public money is being allocated for a targeted group, in this case senior care, consideration must be given to the necessity of services, and to other groups who need those service. 

The senior population has never been wealthier and healthier!!!
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July 12 at 10:35amEdited
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Bonnie Fay Gravel No kidding! People should take care of their elders, not stick them a facility where they get neglected and abused. Don't tell me I don't know, because I worked at one in the office and had many seniors coming to me and crying about how they were treated and neglected. I hope my Mama never has to go to one of those places. 
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June 29 at 7:36am
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Julie Ali Sometimes it is not possible to care for a family member at home. Maybe this is because of work or aging or burn out.
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June 29 at 9:01am
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Audrey Harris It doesn't matter how much money seniors have they all need equally care and attention. These Private homes are there to make money! They need oversight and residents and families need to be heard so that the basic needs of patients are attended to daily! Family members who cared for them have health problems too, children and jobs they can't be there 24/7 so they are depending on Senior Homes both private and government to give their loved ones good basic care regardless of their ability to pay. Good quality food too! On weekends Seniors who don't want to eat wiener and buns have to get take out! Which is fine for some, but others have given up their pension checks and some of their families to live there so not much left over for extra needs.
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July 12 at 8:29am
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Dennis Cambly No one tossed away their retirement savings or as someone rudely said pissed then away. Inflation ate up the funds in conjunction with Conservative government taxation. The cities also took a high share while seniors also pay taxes for schools. Banks made billions while paying extremely low ROI. For those who never studied economics your ignorance is appalling. While many seniors can live independently rental rates have been rigged to continue fleecing everyone including seniors with artificial high deposits and rental cost. You're killing seniors with your ignorant comments.
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Shelley O'Neill What about our seniors who are in facilities that are desperate need of repair, decent beds and equipment.
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July 1 at 11:50pmEdited
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Pat Birch I'm just curious how this fits into the reduction of screening patients? Also, if you have seen your family doctor for many years and then move, you now can't see that same family doctor. If you do, the doctor won't get paid.
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Penny Lyons This is ridiculous what the Srs have to put out for things in a home, especially when they cannot be living in there own surrounding of there home. The price they have to pay above what they pay is horrible. They have worked long hard years, now there families what is in store for them.
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Marvic Vinluan Seriously? How many seniors in the western world who lived in nursing homes and are sitting on the poop for 12 hours because of short staff? How many of them are sitting on their wheelchairs waiting for their deaths and no family to care and visit them? They are forgotten by their own children. That's very very sad. If that happened to me, right away while I'm still capable of making a decision for myself I wrote DNR IN MY PERSONAL DIRECTIVES.
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Marcia McLeod Assisted living what a joke , no money for window coverings , ,
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Julie Ali Assisted living downloads some costs to residents unlike with long term care.
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Erna Topliffe It would be great if Assisted Living homes didn't promise things they couldn't deliver. Like saying they could care for blind and deaf person who needed assistance eating when they didn't have enough staff to even serve the food before it got cold!
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July 9 at 7:17am
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Linda Fikkert If I ever go into a seniors home it will be one wth a childrens program of some type attached.
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Terra Huff Ya, it's called your cabin... lol
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July 2 at 7:47pm
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Linda Fikkert Very funny my daughter,
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Marie Frances McLeod We need more money and the NDP are giving it. Sounds like a good start to me.
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Julie Ali A good start? This money is coming from the federal government. The NDP folks have done nothing for the continuing care system other than continue the failed policies of the PCs by approving ASLI grants for the private sector as noted here: http://www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca/.../2014-15%20ASLI... I guess they don't support public continuing care facilities; they support the same old same old of the PCs which seems to have been download the care of our most vulnerable citizens to a for profit sector that has difficulties in providing accurate services and supports for seniors. It's troubling but it seems like no one really cares until they have family in the continuing care system.
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Marie Frances McLeod Your information is old.
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Julie Ali Marie Frances McLeod I don't think so. This is all the NDP have done to date. They have simply approved of the PCs decisions except for a couple of grants that were refused.
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