Seniors falling through cracks in province’s long-term care services

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health and Community Services Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says the way the province delivers home care is inconsistent at best and endangering seniors at worst.

People who need care at home after a hospital stay are frequently not assessed for the level of care they will need until after they go home and are left hanging in the interim time period.

“I am hearing too many stories of people, especially seniors, being sent home from hospital before any assessment for post-acute home care or long-term care has been carried out,” Michael said in the House of Assembly’s Question Period today.

“I ask the Minister of Health and Community Services, is the practice of sending people home without long-term care or home support in place one that is approved by the Department of Health and Community Services?”

Michael points to a government-commissioned report on home care published last summer; she says government is dragging its heels on many of the recommendations in the report.

“The Deloitte Report on home care pointed to inconsistencies in coordinating the care of home support and long-term care clients. It called for integrated care plans,” she said.

“I ask the Minister, when will this government introduce the case management for home care and long-term care it promised, so seniors won’t fall between the cracks?”

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