Two public surveys are now online for Albertans to share their thoughts and provide feedback as the province updates regulations for long-term care facilities and home care services.
Residents, families, caregivers, and members of the public can share their thoughts on legislation related to access to nursing homes, home support services (e.g., light housekeeping, laundry), meal requirements, meeting the needs of caregivers and more.
“It’s important that we get this legislation right, because it’s our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children and friends who are receiving these services. We want to ensure that they and their caregivers have every support they need, so it’s essential for Albertans to help shape policies and legislation at the beginning of the process.”
The surveys, which can be found at health.alberta.ca are part of the review of the Nursing Homes Operation Regulation and Nursing Homes General Regulation (under the Nursing Homes Act), and the Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation (under the Public Health Act).
Key stakeholders, including home care providers, long-term care facility operators and advocacy groups are also taking part in sessions across the province to provide their advice and input.
The nursing home regulations under review were drafted in 1985 and since then, much has changed in best meeting the needs of residents. Updating the regulations, which expire in 2017, will allow the province to help ensure continuing care legislation meets the needs of clients and their families today.
The public survey will be available online until midnight on July 31.
- Long-term care (which includes nursing homes and auxiliary hospitals) provides care for individuals with complex health needs who are unable to remain at home or in a supportive living accommodation.
- Nearly 20,000 Albertans, ranging in age from 18 to 112, were served in long-term care in 2014-15.
- Home care provides an array of health services to Albertans in their own homes (single family homes, apartments, condominiums, lodges) and communities.
- Nearly 115,000 Albertans, ranging in age from less than one year to 108, received home care services in 2014-15.