By Jeremy Dutton, Alberta Liberal Party
The Liberal plan is specifically designed to help seniors stay in their homes, free up hospital beds, put money in their pockets and keep them healthy and active.
EXPAND HOME CARE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTS
Problem: Without access to quality home care and community supports many seniors turn to hospital emergency rooms for treatment and end up staying in acute care beds for extended periods of time.
Solution: Prevent hospitalizations and institutional care. Boost funding for home care and community support initiatives by $75 million so more seniors can live independently and stay in their own homes.
INCREASE FUNDING FOR LONG TERM CARE
Problem: Hundreds of seniors are needlessly occupying acute care beds due to a lack of long-term care spaces. This leads to substandard care for seniors and causes delays in surgical, emergency and EMS wait times.
Solution: Alberta Liberals will invest $50 million to build and operate new publicly funded and publicly delivered long-term care spaces.
PUT MORE MONEY BACK INTO SENIORS’ POCKETS
Problem: The PCs eliminated the Education Property Tax Assistance Grant in 2013 — a program that once provided upwards of $20 million in tax relief to seniors.
Solution: Reinstate and increase the Education Property Tax Assistance Grant to $25 million to put money back into the pockets of seniors.
SENIORS’ FITNESS GRANT
Problem: Seniors need access to fitness facilities, but they are expensive. Many cannot afford them.
Solution: Alberta Liberals will invest $5 million in a seniors’ fitness grant to encourage seniors to be active and healthy.
“Seniors have built this great province, and we are going to be there for them. The Liberal plan will help couples stay together and receive the supports they need to live their lives with dignity. When vulnerable seniors require long-term care, our government has an obligation to provide high quality, non-profit care,” says Swann.
“Many seniors cannot afford the taxes on their homes. Reinstating the Education Property Tax Assistance Grant helps them pay the bills. The vast majority of seniors live healthy, active lives,” says Swann. “A fitness tax credit will help them do just that.”