CARE-WATCH JULY 18, 2020

Long-Term Care Today

New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors’ LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH

BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta.  It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE 

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Commentary:

The more complex needs of today’s residents mean they need more help with daily needs such as getting dressed, bathing, brushing their teeth, using the bathroom and eating. Many require two-person assistance and greater supervision. Experts say at least 4.1 hours of care are required per resident per day, but the province provides funding for only 3.6 hours — a number that has not changed since 2009.

This means assistance is not always available when residents need it. As well, government regulations require nurses to spend more and more time filling out paperwork and conducting audits, leaving less time for them at the bedside to provide and oversee resident care.

If seniors’ living conditions were a priority, would government have essentially frozen funds for capital repairs and improvements for 25 years?

Julie Turenne-Maynard is the executive director of the Manitoba Association of Residential and Community Care Homes for the Elderly

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Main Headline:

Alberta to ease restrictions for long-term care facilities

In Alberta’s July 16 COVID announcement, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the province will ease the restrictions at long-term care facilities.

Starting July 23rd, Alberta will shift from restricted access to safe access into long-term care homes.

Hinshaw says this “safe access” plan will allow people to visit their families while remaining safe compared to the previous policy.

“Under the previous restricted policy, a resident could have only one designated family or support person spend time with them indoors.

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