11/06/2013 09:49 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

Regina health region studying policies for long-term senior care

REGINA - The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is putting one of its long-term senior care plans on hold.

The region had intended to implement a policy of sending patients to the first available bed within a 150-kilometre radius.

Spokesman Michael Redenbach says hospitals aren't always the best environment for the elderly, who don't get programming supports there.

However, he says the health region is looking at what other areas do to get seniors into long-term care facilities quickly.

For instance, the Saskatoon Health Region will send patients a distance of 75 kilometres while other regions don’t have any limits to the distances they will send people.

The region says there is no timeline for when the policy will be revised but Redenbach says it likely won’t be until the New Year.