June 26, 2018 (Edmonton) – A federal study showing the impact of dementia on family caregivers proves once again that the Alberta NDP aren’t doing enough to support people with dementia or their caregivers, according to Alberta Party Health Critic Greg Clark.
The study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information can be found here.
“The NDP issued their ‘strategy’ five days before Christmas with no funding attached so they could check it off their to-do list, but there has been no real change on the ground,” said Clark. “More families are living with dementia, and the government is doing less than ever.”
Clark said the CIHI data illustrates the scope of the problem.
“The study found that two-thirds of the 400,000 Canadians living with dementia are cared for at home, and most care is provided by relatives,” said Clark. “Caregivers provide care for an average of 26 hours a week, which has a tremendous impact on their own wellbeing and mental health.”
Clark called on the NDP to do more, and to do it sooner.
The Alberta Party Caucus has been adamant that the government must do more. We’ve called on the NDP to do the following:
- – Increase funding for respite care to match Ontario’s $20 million commitment on a per-capita basis
- – Build more dementia care beds by partnering with not-for-profits rather than the current slow and expensive government-first approach
- – Improve education and training for the dementia workforce
- – Create dementia navigation coordinators to ensure Albertans living with dementia, their caregivers and families know what services are available to them.
“The NDP want Albertans to believe they’re doing something, but they’re not doing enough. Caregivers are overwhelmed by a system that doesn’t support their needs or the needs of their loved ones.”
“Albertans deserve better.”
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Alberta Party Caucus
Director of Communications