11/06/2013 11:26 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Alberta Elder Care: Parkland Institute Report Gives Province A Failing Grade


EDMONTON - A new report on elder care in Alberta is giving the system a failing grade.

The Parkland Institute report gathered data from Statistics Canada and the Alberta Health Facilities Review Committee.

Shannon Stunden Bower was one of the lead authors and says the big issue is Alberta’s willingness to go private.

She says the evidence is clear that privatized care is inferior care.

The report found that in most cases, private care was close to three hours slower than its public counterpart.

Stunden Bower is hoping the report might lead to change.

“I hope that our report serves to put numbers, hard data, to what people with experience in the residential elder care system have known for some time," she said.

"Hopefully this sort of hard data will prompt the provincial government to change policy direction.”

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