November 1, 2018 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus has obtained documents that show long-term care facilities in Alberta are failing to meet standards of care, with fewer than 20% of facilities meeting targets for some standards.
The first document is the Continuing Care Health Service Standards. These set out the standards of care required in public and private care facilities, as well as for home care. From page 3 of the document: “The CCHSS set the minimum requirement that Operators in the continuing care system must comply with in the provision of Health Care.”
The second document entitled “The Care Planning Journey” was presented to the Alberta Continuing Care Association on October 23, 2018 by members of the Provincial Continuing Care Health Service Standards Audit Team. Slide 12 lists the percentage of facilities that meet the standards. Standards 11 and 12 refer to Infection Control and Medication Management respectively, which show compliance in the 20% range. This means four in five facilities fail to meet these standards.
Performance against the rest of the Standards is equally poor, with only a subset of facilities meeting 100% of Standard 1, and nearly all other Standards failing between 20% and 85% of the time.
“Long term care that fails to meet minimum standards fails to meet the needs of Albertans,” said Alberta Party MLA Greg Clark. “These documents highlight a growing problem with the quality of dementia care and long-term care in Alberta, including home care, and call in to question the Minister’s claims of success for the government’s dementia strategy.”
“I call on the Minister to release details of which facilities are failing to meet the standards, and an action plan to bring them into compliance.”
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