Seniors care home report, action both overdue

NDP Leader Cam Broten said the government must release an overdue report on the conditions in seniors care homes and move on to concrete action to address the serious problems hurting seniors care.

The report was promised by the government as a conclusion to CEO tours that ended a month ago. Health region CEOs planned to tour care homes in response to calls from families and the Opposition to address deep concerns in seniors care facilities.

“Having CEOs tour facilities was never a good way to resolve the dramatic under-staffing, space shortages and quality problems in seniors care homes. Now the pending report appears to be a government stall tactic,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who is in Estevan and Weyburn today to sit down with seniors, families and front-line care workers to listen to their experiences in seniors care.

“We know we need more spaces, more choices and much better quality care for our families,” said Broten. “This government must end the stalling and start taking action.”

Broten supports the creation of minimum staffing ratios for different levels of care.

His focus has prompted families to come forward and share their stories, including Carrie Klassen. In in the seniors home where her mom lived, Klassen said seniors are left unattended on toilets, call buttons ring unanswered and seniors go without meals all because of short-staffing.

“Our moms and dads, our grandparents, deserve so much better than this government is telling them to accept,” said Broten. “While Saskatchewan’s economy is strong, now is the time to invest in a high quality seniors-care system that will guarantee better care for seniors today, and take care of Saskatchewan people into the future.”

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For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office