#FightForJerry campaign adds to growing public support against Sask. Party cuts
A recent campaign to help a Saskatchewan man, Jerry Kryzanowski, get access to appropriate assisted-living conditions is the latest example of Saskatchewan people fighting against the harsh consequences of the Sask. Party’s heartless cuts.
“It’s absolutely gut-wrenching to hear what Jerry and his family have gone through,” said NDP Leader Nicole Sarauer. “It’s something that no family should have to go through but Jerry and his family are not alone. Deep Sask. Party cuts to our classrooms, health care, housing and seniors’ care have left many families throughout Saskatchewan to fight for the care and supports they and their loved ones need.”
When Jerry, an active and social senior who lives with Down syndrome and a brain injury, was placed in a long-term care home the understaffing and under resourcing caused but Sask. Party cuts were clear and resulted in Jerry being chemically restrained to the point where he can no longer feed or care for himself at all.
Jerry’s family was able to get him temporarily moved, taken off the chemical restraints and back to his old self but the government has refused to do more to make sure that he can stay in the more active environment and that other seniors who need care aren’t left in the unacceptable conditions that are becoming more and more commonplace in Saskatchewan.
"We have to be Jerry's voice and we just want him to have a place that offers the quality of life any of us would want for ourselves or our loved ones,” said Jerry’s niece Christie Gradin on behalf of his family.
“I can’t imagine the frustration and hardship that Jerry and his family – along with other families across the province - must be going through,” Sarauer said. “When a government is abandoning and ignoring the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our communities is it clear that they have stopped working for Saskatchewan people and need to reinvest where they have cut.”