Appalling conditions for seniors another sign of need for plan

NDP Leader and Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) pointed to recent reports from the Burin Peninsula about facilities for patients with dementia as a sign that the government must act soon on the long-term care and homecare strategy it has been promising for years.

Recent news stories highlighted the situation on the Burin Peninsula, where a woman from St. Lawrence is restrained up to 15 hours a day. The woman has Alzheimer’s disease, but there is no space for her in a protective care unit.

“It goes without saying that I am particularly appalled to hear that senior citizens are being tied to their chairs because there are no appropriate care facilities for them,” Michael said. “However, what continues to disturb me is that this government has been promising for years to deliver a comprehensive strategy for home care and long-term care and we continue to hear these horror stories.”

The NDP leader pointed out that the government conducted hearings on the long-promised strategy in the summer of 2010, and reiterated its commitment in last fall’s election platform.

“I am calling on the Minister of Health to show some leadership in this vitally important area,” Michael said. “Our seniors deserve better treatment. What has happened to the plan?”

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