We’re long overdue to modernize Alberta’s seniors’ care system, and the necessary transformation will only materialize if Alberta communities, municipalities, families, seniors and all levels of government take bold action on creating and shepherding a new vision.
A case in point: some of the legislation and regulations governing seniors’ care is more than 50 years old. And it’s been 30 years since we held a comprehensive consultation with Albertans on what they need and expect from their seniors’ health and continuing care system.
CHAA's discussion paper is a first step in starting the dialogue about a new vision for seniors’ care. The vision must be values-driven, serving as a source of unity and strength as we commit to a compassionate, caring and courageous approach to seniors’ care. It must reflect new health professions, new models of care, and changing expectations about seniors’ health and wellness. And it must be compelling as it articulates what it means to honour and care for those least able to look after themselves: seniors living with frailty, complex health conditions, social isolation, cognitive and mental health challenges, and limited financial means.
It's time to re-imagine the province’s entire seniors’ care system with an over-arching vision that is owned and led by Albertans. Read more and see the 64 recommendations put forward by CHAA.
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