Seniors re-assessed while waiting for beds

Re.: The article on Valley Park closing, I noticed that our MLA Cal Dallas stated that there were only 17 on the waiting list for nursing homes. As usual, our MLAs just state the information that the government gives them.

Re.: The article on Valley Park closing, I noticed that our MLA Cal Dallas stated that there were only 17 on the waiting list for nursing homes.

As usual, our MLAs just state the information that the government gives them.

Where do they think the other 200 people on the list went to? They were all “re-assessed” and are now on another list for designated assisted living (whatever that may be!).

It’s like the old shell game where you move things around so people don’t know where they are.

I received a letter to tell me of the re-assessment, so don’t know who made that decision.

A two-nurse team was then hired to run around the area in a big hurry to update their files.

More money wasted as re-assessments had already been done without consultations. I cannot believe that people with dementia for years have improved.

The reality is there are still many people waiting for beds for months. The hospitals are backed up and care givers exhausted.

I hope this government feels good when it pays Alberta Health Services CEO Stephen Duckett his bonus, as our seniors are neglected and the shortage of long-term care beds gets worse.

Maybe our MLAs need to speak to their constituents while they still have any.

Maureen

Davis

Red Deer