RELEASE December 27, 2007
Citizens Watch on Continuing Care launches
updates to website
Alberta's Citizens Watch on Continuing Care has launched an updated
website at www.continuingcarewatch.com to provide new information
about Alberta's "long term care" facilities and services,
now referred to as "continuing care."
Continuing care services include home care, supportive living and
facility living, to provide Albertans with health, personal care,
and accommodation services when they are no longer able to live independently.
Care can be provided in public or privately accessed assisted living
facilities, group homes, designated assisted living facilities, or
nursing homes (continuing care centres) for persons with high care
If you have a parent, spouse or friends requiring long term or continuing
care services at home or in special settings this web site will provide
you with information that will help you feel less alone and more able
to advocate on behalf of your family and loved one.
The website provides a source for information about the changes in
our continuing care system. Articles and reports document the important
issues influencing affordable quality care for vulnerable and dependent
Albertans - including the shift of costs and responsibilities to individuals
and families, and the shortage of care facility spaces.
Despite the Auditor General's scathing report on Seniors Care and
Programs in 2005 and the subsequent Government promises to implement
the Auditor General's recommendations, and Premier Stelmach's commitments
to transparency, accountability, and the quality of life of all Albertans,
serious problems continue to be painfully evident in the province's
continuing care system.
Updates to our website highlight some of these ongoing problems.
- Links to CBC's recent investigation into the increasing use
of antipsychotics in seniors with dementia, despite Health Canada's
2005 warnings of their harmful and potentially fatal effects in
- New reports on the discrepancies in facility funding, the persistent
shortages in staffing, the privatization of continuing care, and
the redefinition of "hours of care";
- Reports about long term care insurance;
- A study of the conversion of the Hinton nursing home to an assisted
- Additional links to information about seniors and drugs, legal
resources, the ethics of care for older persons, and policy analysis.
Citizen Watch is a grass roots network of concerned citizens committed
to providing information about and insight into the critical problems
of the safety, care and quality of life of our most vulnerable seniors.
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