Alberta auditor finds improvement in long-term care, says more can be done

Alberta’s auditor general says the province is doing a better job of caring for people in long-term care, but has a lot of work to do to make sure it stays that way.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s auditor general says the province is doing a better job of caring for people in long-term care, but has a lot of work to do to make sure it stays that way.

Merwan Saher says in his latest report that care in the provinces’s 170 facilities has improved almost a decade after his office delivered a scathing review on treatment.

But he says Alberta’s Health Department and Alberta Health Services need to work together to improve monitoring and follow-up procedures.

He also says more information needs to made public to allow Albertans to better assess the system.

The report updates an auditor general’s report in 2005 that found, among other abuses, some seniors were being drugged to keep them compliant and that medication directions were being ignored.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says Saher has dropped the ball on this audit by focusing on flow charts and not getting out to see some of the abuses that are still occurring in the care homes.

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