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Alberta's Long-Term Care Facilities Are Getting Worse

10/29/2015 12:09 EDT | Updated 10/29/2015 12:59 EDT
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CALGARY — The Health Quality Council of Alberta has released the results of its 2014-15 long-term care facility survey and the news isn't great.

The majority of the province's 160 facilities showed little to no significant change in the five key measures of care and service, with most, if any, change being negative since the last survey in 2010.

Council CEO Andrew Neuner says he is disappointed with the results.

He says they haven't been able to pinpoint exactly what is causing overall lack of faith in the facilities, but most families who took part in the survey says their top priority would be to see more staff hired.

Neuner says Alberta Health Services should be doing a better job of filling the needs of the various facilities.

The survey showed that families gave individual facilities in the province scores ranging from 6.3 to 10 out of 10.

The survey was conducted in March 2014 and January 2015 by the health watchdog in collaboration with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

(CHQR, The Canadian Press)

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