Private operators receive millions of taxpayer dollars to build and operate seniors care facilities in this province. But where is that money going? And is it really meeting the needs of Alberta seniors? A growing number of Albertans are demanding answers.
Private seniors care operators are not required to publicly disclose how they are using taxpayer funds. They have even launched court battles to prevent this information from coming to light after Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner ordered its release in 2014.
Current government regulations allow funding for front-line seniors care workers to be held back by operators as profit or diverted for other purposes. This encourages operators to cut corners, and that means cutting care for vulnerable seniors in residential care.
Private seniors care operators provide less care, are not as efficient and are not at all transparent compared to publicly-run facilities. So why are these private facilities receiving more and more taxpayer dollars?
Too often it is left to workers in private seniors care facilities to demand accountability from their employers and insist on respectful treatment of both workers and residents alike. That’s what’s happening at Points West Living Cold Lake, but instead of addressing the workers’ concerns about short-staffing, scheduling and training, the company has locked out its regular employees in a bid to drive down wages and working conditions. The resolve of these committed frontline workers is exposing the deeper crisis in Alberta’s seniors care system that allows for-profit operators to pocket public funds with no transparency or accountability. Let Points West Living and government representatives know that this situation is unacceptable. Use the form letter below or change the text to include a personal message.Learn more at PWLProbe.com