Friday, 7 June 2013

Fifty-three year old woman told nursing home next option


Meagan Sykes lives in Edmonton and shares...

I live in assistance Co-operative Housing, with 24-hour assisted help in case we need it.  The co-op has been open for 23 years but on May 13 we were told by the  Alberta Health (AHS) that on July 31 is our last day for the contract. Then we are turfed to bidders. Agencies workers will come in and help us with our personal care, then they will go. This means our Co-op Artspace in Edmonton won't have anymore 24-hr care. AHS told us that the ones who can't survive this I will be in a nursing home, and I'm only 53.

Why is AHS putting us back to 50 years when we were hidden. 
Thanks Alison for all the frustration and hardship YOU CAUSED. 


Cam 'n Eggs - Home care user says no appeal process

My name is Shawn McCloskey, I'm at Abby Road Housing Co-op and I have a lot of concerns about the proposed changes.

For instance, after the not-for-profit care that I control, that affords me dignity and independence is gone, should I drop out of university and give up on trying to start a family? Because without the 24 hour care I have now, I am unable to do those things. And in all the meetings I've been to with AHS, I've heard of no assurances that 24-hour care will be available. This move takes away the independence of otherwise highly productive members of society. Some of our residents will lose their income without round the clock care, while others will be unable to participate in hobbies or social functions within the community. This is wrong.

More specifically, once my current care is gone, can the government assure me that I can even get out of bed in the morning? Shower? Get help going to the washroom? What if staff do not show up to for my care? Now we have back-up's upon back-up's to ensure someone will be there to carry out essential services. We work directly with our staff to make sure everyone is cared for. Does a for-profit agency really care about any of this? The relationship the Abby Road members have forged with their staff is directly related to the high quality care we have now.

And my last concern involves the very nature of my own government. They seemed to make all of these changes, and additional hardships to a group of people who already have enough to deal with, in the name of "bureaucratic efficiency", so managing the homecare system was easier on them. The government is supposed to work for the people: it is supposed to give people the means to become independent individuals, not take away those means. There was no conversation with us, no working relationship — nothing. "And if you don't like our decision", the government says, "too bad, because there's no appeal process". What does that say about us as a province?


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