The Nova Scotia PC Party is renewing their call for significant investments in new, single-bed rooms and appropriate staffing to provide dignity for the seniors who helped build our province.
The call comes as MLAs prepare to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on long-term care at the Health Committee later today.
"Experts in long-term care were sounding the alarm on the lack of beds and shortage of staff to properly care for seniors long before COVID-19 arrived,” says Colton LeBlanc, PC MLA for Argyle-Barrington and Critic for Pre-Hospital & Preventative Care. “It’s time for the government to step up and support our seniors and those who care for them by investing in the proper infrastructure.”
The PC’s Dignity For Our Seniors plan includes commitments to:
- Build more single bedrooms.
- Address the human resources challenges in our system by normalizing the workload of staff and making training more accessible.
- Prepare for the future by creating a new option of care after home care but before nursing home care, called “Supportive Living,” that provides seniors and their families with increased choice and autonomy over care options and services.
The staff shortages and long waitlists for nursing home beds that we are seeing today are nothing new. Government has done nothing to fix them.
“Cuts by the Liberals and refusal to take action has led us to these critical shortages,” says LeBlanc. “And the impact is felt by health care professionals who are overworked, and by the seniors who are left without the level of care that they deserve.”
A Tim Houston government commits to building at least 2,500 new single rooms to meet the current demand.