Acute Care vs. Appropriate Care
February 01, 2012
EDMONTON, AB ‐ As the PC government considers how to spend the $900 million in federal money, there are a few things they need to consider.
Health care in Alberta is not just about hospitals ‐ ask any senior or their family member who is struggling to find appropriate care for their loved one. Sadly, too many seniors are faced with lengthy hospital stays because there is nowhere else for them to go.
“We have seniors in Alberta hospitals who should be in long‐term care but are languishing in $3,000 a day acute care hospital beds,” says Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor. “They don’t want to be there, their families don’t want them to be there but they have no other options.”
Far too often, seniors are forced into care situations that may not be appropriate or wanted. Just as often, the options available to seniors are far more expensive than necessary. It makes sense to have people taken care of in the least intrusive, most cost-effective way possible.
Whether it is more long-term care beds or support for seniors to age in their homes and communities as long as possible, the needs of Alberta seniors must to be addressed.
“Caring for our elderly falls within the health system,” says Taylor “The question is, does it make more sense to continue pouring more money into acute care beds or to concentrate on providing more cost efficient alternatives for people at this end of the health continuum?”
The fall out if something is not done to address the upcoming wave of seniors will be more and more heartbreaking stories. “If we don’t take care of this issue,” says Innisfail‐Sylvan Lake Alberta Party candidate Danielle Klooster. “We’re going to see more and more seniors separated from their spouses and support systems or placed in acute care beds.”
The Alberta Party’s full health care policy can be found at www.albertaparty.ca/health
For further information please contact:
Robbie Kreger-Smith, Communications Chair