A United Conservative Government Will Support Alberta’s Seniors By:
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The NDP has failed Alberta’s seniors. Of those seniors assessed as needing continuing care, the percentage admitted to such care within 30 days has dropped from 60% in 2016 to 52% in 2018. For those admitted to acute care beds in hospitals and who needed placement in a continuing care facility, the average wait time rose from 40 days in 2016 to 51 days in 2017.
The NDP government’s response to this community care crisis is to claim to have built 2,000 new long-term care beds when, in fact, the NDP only met their 2015 target of 2,000 beds by counting at least 1,758 beds from the previous Progressive Conservative government’s program relying on private firms. The beds the NDP have built since are costly, with government projects at $600,000 to $1 million per unit—10 to 15 times the previous $70,000 per-unit cost contracted under the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative.