Continuing Care Strategy Provides More Support, Choice
A new continuing care strategy will improve health and personal care service options for seniors and persons with disabilities by enhancing supports to help them live within the community.
"Albertans want to maintain their independence for as long as possible," said Ron Liepert, Minister of Health and Wellness. "Aging in the Right Place provides more community living support so seniors and those with disabilities can receive care in their homes and communities, where they are the healthiest and the most comfortable."
Albertans have said they want to remain in their homes and communities as they age, and the Aging in the Right Place strategy outlines specific community support initiatives to help achieve that goal. These initiatives include:
* enhancing home care through improved assessments, an expansion of current programs and increased daily personal care hours;
* providing assistance for individuals to transition from facility care back to home or community living;
* introducing emergency support programs to identify resources, interim care and accommodations options;
* increasing support and respite programs for families and community members assuming care on behalf of their loved ones; and
* introducing technology that will connect continuing care clients with health professionals and provide medical and safety monitoring.
"We will continue our work to improve the quality, supply and client choice in Alberta's continuing care system," said Mary Anne Jablonski, Minister of Seniors and Community Supports. "This new strategy will help meet the changing needs of the increasing number of seniors and provide them with more choice in selecting the accommodations that best meet their needs."
To provide Albertans with a wider range of choices in accommodations and services, additional incentives will be provided to facility operators for the renovation of long-term care facilities and development of affordable supportive living spaces.
In addition to expanding choice, a key component of this strategy is to increase the supply of affordable supportive living units for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Those who qualify for accommodation assistance and no-cost medications will continue to receive those benefits.
The continuing care strategy, Aging in the Right Place, was developed in consultation with Albertans and is part of the direction outlined in the Vision 2020 Future of Health Care in Alberta report.