“Seniors deserve respect, compassion and self-reliance and the option to stay in their own community” stated Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservative Leadership candidate Brad Trivers. “Islanders are ending up in Hospital beds instead of long term care close to their friends, neighbours and loved ones. Keeping seniors in acute care beds for long periods of time is bad for them and is expensive. It takes Hospital beds from those who require short to medium care and stresses the entire Hospital system.”
While the current government has announced some manor replacements, they have failed to expand the number of beds in these facilities. In addition, private facilities have space available and are asking for licenses for long term care beds, but government refuses to grant the licenses. “Ignoring the fact that our population is aging, is both short sighted and misguided.” Trivers noted, “Government’s inaction on long term beds is crippling the entire Hospital system. It needs to be a priority.”
Trivers believes that in many cases family members should be given the option to become primary caregivers by taking loved ones into their home. If they choose to be a primary caregiver they should be provided with direct financial support, visits by medical professionals, and access to drop-in centers. “Government needs to think outside-the-box and come up with innovative solutions – like giving people the option and supports to provide long term care in their own homes – which should cost less.”, implores Trivers.
“It is essential that our seniors have options for long term care that best meet their needs, keep them in their communities, and are fiscally responsible”, says Trivers, “As leader of the Progressive Conservative party and the next Premier of Prince Edward Island I will deliver on this commitment.”