Alberta government issues call for offers to open long-term care spaces

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They include Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Strathcona County (including Sherwood Park), Leduc County, St. Albert, High Level and Fort Vermilion, Jasper, Hinton, Spruce Grove and Stony Plain.

Operators in those communities can submit proposals through the government’s purchasing website.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro, who was also at the announcement, was not able to specify how many spaces will be created.

Kenney said the government will also announce funding to build new continuing care facilities later this year.

Kenney said the province will spend $164 million over three years in government initiatives on new spaces. However, this move, which is part of the government’s plan to revive elements of the Affordable Supportive Living Initiative, doesn’t yet have a price tag.

Spokeswoman Tara Jago said any spaces contracted through the bidding process will receive operating funding through AHS but no capital funding for renovation or construction.

Jago said the government will provide specifics on capital funding when it announces new buildings.

In an interview, Susan Slade, AUPE Edmonton vice-president, said private companies who want to invest in opening a facility should pay for it on their own, and public dollars should go towards opening more public beds.

She added that some seniors can’t afford private facilities or extra fees, making accessibility an issue.

“It’s crazy. You could be hiring staff so that (non-profit facilities) are fully staffed, and people are being looked after with the respect and the dignity that they deserve,” said Slade.


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