Masland: ‘127-year-old seniors facility still getting no help from Liberal government’

The Liberal government is failing seniors in the largest residential care facility in Western Nova Scotia. Hillsview Acres in Queens County provides 24-hour care to 29 residents and is in dire need of replacement, but the Rankin Liberals refuse to help.

“The main building is 127 years old,” says MLA for Queens-Shelburne, Kim Masland. “What are this government’s priorities if this isn't one of them?”

On December 3rd, 2013, former Minister of Health, Leo Glavine, stated that the replacement for Hillsview Acres was long overdue, and he instructed the Department to get the project underway. After eight years with no action, the local MLA and the people of Queens-Shelburne are finding it hard not to take this personally.

“We have seen at Northwood Manor what can happen if a government ignores reports and requests from facilities that provide care to our seniors and vulnerable populations,” says Masland. “I worry that the longer this project is shrugged off, the more harm it could cause.”

Masland acknowledges the incredible staff who provide exceptional care, but says it’s not fair to them to be working in an environment that is run down.

“The building is failing the residents and the staff. The facility was promised replacement by the NDP government as well, but this Liberal government has refused to honour their own commitment,“ says Masland. “The Minister said he would look into it and make sure residents who are living there are living in a high-quality space. I can assure the Minister that the residents are not.”

Masland would like to thank the municipality which has continued discussions with provincial health officials, and completed several reports and studies at the government’s request.

In the summer, the PC Caucus shared their plan and vision for Dignity for Seniors. The plan would see an increase of 2,500 single bed rooms immediately across the province, increase and ensure mandatory staffing levels of at least 4.1 hours per patient to bring Nova Scotia in line with the recommendation from the Nurses Union, hiring more staff and adding a new layer of care funded by the government.