Deaf & Hear Alberta has joined, along with 55 other organizations and the Canadian Medical Association, the Alliance to Demand a Plan for a national seniors strategy.
The Alliance will be working until Election Day to make seniors care a ballot issue.
The reason it takes nine months to get a hip replacement in Canada is because our hospital beds are crowded with seniors, many of them suffering from dementia and other chronic diseases. They could and should be getting more appropriate care elsewhere. But we as a society haven’t been investing in enough long-term care facilities and home care support. This is a prime reason we need all levels of government to sit down together and start work on a national seniors strategy.
The Alliance will be calling on whichever party forms the next federal government to bring together the provincial and territorial premiers to discuss seniors care within six months of taking office.
Canadians have a right to expect high-quality health care no matter where they live or how old they are. Governments have a responsibility to make sure high-quality care is there for them. Join the campaign at www.demandaplan.ca . Future generations are depending on us.