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Long-term care spaces in focus ahead of bi-provincial meeting

Weekly meetings of the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society have resumed following the summer break.

President Graham Brown says they are looking forward to an Oct. 4 meeting which will have representation from both Alberta and Saskatchewan to discuss the road map to facilitate more long-term care spaces in Lloydminster.

“The main thing is getting organized and planning for our meeting with the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments concerning additional spaces in Lloydminster. We are glad to see that both governments have agreed that we should be doing some planning on that.”

As MyLloydminsterNow has previously reported there is bi-provincial agreement that Lloydminster is currently short 60 beds and by 2035, that shortage will rise to 148 long-term care spaces. Also, that the shortage is greater on the Saskatchewan side of the city.

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Also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting was the situation with EMS as regards resolving the contract dispute with the ambulance service. Brown says, “They would like to see that get resolved soon so they could start moving forward with a more uniform service throughout the city.”

There was also an update from the health advisory council, and as well an update on letters sent to the Alberta and Saskatchewan health ministers regarding seniors care in Lloydminster and how this has been affected with the COVID pandemic.

“We were able to get a response from both governments and they talked about the amount of money they are putting back into long-term care and the additional people they are hiring across the province. So now we are going to take those answers forward and try to find out from local people as to how those numbers are affecting Lloydminster.”

Brown added that if anyone in the community is needing help to navigate the health system and seniors care that they can reach out to the group via its social media.

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