A press release from the Advocates for the Care of the Elderly (ACE) congratulates the new Progressive Conservative government for their election win. And as a reminder of the Party’s promise to seniors summarizes those campaign details.
The press release says in part: “In every election change is promised but it is not often that major commitments are made to senior citizens living in Nova Scotia’s overcrowded, understaffed Long – Term Care system” says Gary MacLeod of The ACE Team ( Advocates for the Care of the Elderly). Post horrendous Covid 19 deaths in LTC the Progressive Conservative Party and Premier – Elect Tim Huston have made significant measurable promises of 2,500 single bedrooms, 2,000 new health care staff, 4.1 hours of care each day and the necessary funding to produce a generational change in how Long-Term Care is provided in Nova Scotia. “There will be relief today among the 400 seniors waiting in hospital for a Long-Term Care Placement. I can image a few tears shed by the 1,000 seniors and their adult children providing care while they live alone at home in precarious situations. For the 20,000 expected to need LTC by 2030 I’m sure they’re seeing this as a good first step” say MacLeod.
Good governance is reliant on political party’s matching their election promises with budgets, legislation and policies. “Thankfully the Progressive Conservatives have provided measurable Long-Term Term Care commitments and timelines which all Nova Scotians can hold them accountable to” says Paul Jenkinson of The ACE Team.
“The ACE Team is looking forward to working with government to measuring government progress on commitments made and to advocating for other improvements in Long-Term Care” says MacLeod. End of press release.
ACE are not newcomers to the long-term care issue. They have been involved for almost 15 years. They have first-hand experience, extensive research and a multitude of practical ideas for making the lives of those in care better. A new government would be wise to listen to them, to engage with them and not waste time on more studies of known facts and situations.