Alberta’s Parkland Institute says the Notley government has failed to follow through on its pledge for new public long term care beds, and it’s one of the reasons we’re seeing a continuing crisis in elder care.
A new report titled “Losing Ground: Alberta’s Elder Care Crisis” found while long term care beds have increased by 2.6 per cent since 2010, the number of less-regulated, less-expensive supportive living spaces have grown by over 92 per cent, and now account for 40 per cent of all beds for seniors.
Over the same period, the report found the province has lost a total of 333 beds in public facilities, while over 3200 beds were added in for-profit facilities, and now account for 43 per cent of all available spaces.
The report also compared the level of care in public, private and non-profit facilities and found the average public facility offered more hours of care than others.
Report author David Campanella says even if long term care bed targets were being met, the government’s goal of 2,000 new public beds would not be enough to fix the crisis.