Lori Sigurdson is the Alberta Seniors Minister, and she tells the Alberta Morning News that she’s pleased with the supports that are present in the 2017/18 budget.
She pointed to investments in affordable housing, lodges and community housing throughout the province, saying planning dollars have been set aside for the Elbow Valley Seniors Community in Calgary, and the Valleyview redevelopment.
“Also we have invested $18 million. Unfortunately some of the facilities need to be significantly upgraded. We inherited a billion dollars of repairs that need to be done by the previous government. So, we’re investing to make sure that seniors facilities are well maintained and seniors can live in dignity.”
Sigurdson said not all the money is going into facilities, though.
“We are also investing significantly in home care. $200 million for home care and community care. Those are services that people would receive in their own homes, and it enables them to stay where they want to be. That’s what we hear all the time from seniors, is they don’t want to go to a facility. They want to be in their own homes. So we want to make sure we can support them to stay there in a safe way.”
Sigurdson also said the NDP commitment to add 2000 long term care beds is on track, and that they’ll hit that goal by 2019.