Daniel Lidgett lives in Edmonton and gets home care. Here's his response on looming home care cuts.
Why are you making the changes? I am a tax payer as well! I need the services the "not for profit" support services grant me — Abbey Road Support Services, now your taking them away. Instead, I will be getting Revera a "for profit" organization. Why are you trying to fix something that isn't broken? If I bowel accident, I have help from Abbey Road Support Services in minutes. How long would I have to wait for Revera, minutes? Hours? In my own filth!PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING AN ON-LINE PETITION AGAINST HOME CARE CUTS
I wish everybody in the provincial legislate had to live in are shoes/wheelchair for one day. It’s not not easy. We need help 24 hours a day.
Getting up, having a bowel routine which lasts for two hours, and then getting dressed. Being disabled is a full time job.
Then there's the staff of support services: they make about $20 an hour, not enough for what they do, but a living wage. Now Revera — and they are for profit, remember — will get $25 an hour, but they only pay their staff $13 an hour it. So Revera is making a profit of $12 an hour. What’s up with that? So, taxpayer is paying for a big company.
Abbey Road Support Services is non-profit, and all the money is spent in-house. Please reconsider your decision to have it replaced.