Supporting Seniors Independance
Senior care is one of the many important issues that people bring up on the doors of Calgary-Elbow and I’m happy to share the newly released Alberta Party plan to improve senior care. You can learn more about the plan at the link below:
An Alberta Party government would take bold steps to help seniors age with respect and dignity, including the establishment of 3,500 long term care beds, and a new program to help seniors continue to live independently.
- New Alberta Caregiver Tax Credit to support caregivers. The credit will mirror the Canada Caregiver Credit, ranging from $2,182 to $6,986 per year for each caregiver.
- Keeping spouses together. By implementing a more effective wait list management policy partners will stay together. Up to 10% of seniors live apart for and separating partners places great strain on seniors and their families.
- Establish a separate and new Ministry of Seniors. This ministry will assume the budget and authority of the current Ministry of Seniors and Housing, along with grants to seniors. A new Ministry of Housing will be established.
- Creation of 3,500 long term care beds with community partners, similar to the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative. Each bed is estimated to cost around $65,000 to establish, and $75,000 per year to operate, for a $230 million capital cost, and $260 million annual operating cost.
- Creation of a pilot similar to The “Better At Home” will help seniors and families with costs of home supports such as snow shovelling, meal preparation, grocery delivery, and lawn maintenance.