COLD LAKE – Locked out seniors-care workers and their union, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, are echoing quality of care concerns raised by family members of a former Points West Living resident who died earlier this month.

Olga Penner passed away after a family member removed her from the facility. The family recently shared their concerns with local media over the care Olga received at PWL Cold Lake since it locked out staff in December.

“Olga is deeply missed by the workers who used to care for her, and we have extended our condolences to the Penner family,” said AUPE vice-president Mike Dempsey. “The concerns they are raising are similar to what we are hearing from other family members about the quality of care provided by replacement workers at PWL. We don’t want to hear about any more deaths that might have been prevented. We want these concerns addressed and dealt with accordingly by the province.”

Alberta Health Services is investigating the details of Penner’s care at Points West Living since the lockout, and has committed to acting on any recommendations from the internal review to improve care at the facility.

For more information:

Mike Dempsey, AUPE vice-president: (780) 404-5678

Merryn Edwards, AUPE communications: (780) 952-1951