Government failing to meet province’s long-term care needs
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the needs for long-term care spaces are continue to grow while government does little or nothing to deal with the realities of an aging demographic.
“The opening of the new Hoyles-Escasoni long-term care facility will provide 67 extra long-term care beds,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Minister of Health and Community Services, how many people are currently on the wait list for those beds?”
The NDP Leader has long been an advocate for seniors’ healthcare, and has often drawn attention to the necessity for coordinated planning.
“I pointed out to this government years ago that our aging demographic would result in an increased demand for personal care home and long term care beds,” she said. “I ask the minister, why didn’t government make adequate plans when they had the chance?
“There are already more people needing nursing home and personal care home beds than there are beds province-wide,” she said. “This number will grow. I ask the minister, what plan has government to address this looming health care crisis?
The caucus office hears regularly from the family of seniors who are moved from hospitals to facilities which are relatively long distances away. The most recent one is a man being moved from St. John’s to a personal care home in Long Pond, out of reach of his current family support.
Michael wants to know what the department is doing to ensure vulnerable patients are not isolated from family and community support.