Telegraph-Journal – Changes make some care inaccessible

Feb 22/2014 – Letters to the Editor:

Level 3B residential care for seniors in New Brunswick is a cost-effective and simple alternative for approximately 50 per cent of nursing home candidates.

Level 3B residential care is long-term care for seniors who are medically stable, but in need of 24-hour caregiving and occasional nursing services. It was thriving until the impact of the 2012 Department of Social Development admission policy change. Level 3B care is now inaccessible to more than 1,000 seniors across New Brunswick. We need strong leadership from our MLAs and Premier Alward to reverse this policy change.

The decisions being made concerning Level 3B special care home admission policy are costing our province millions of dollars in potential savings and resulting in at least one active human rights violation complaint.

For over a year now, families and facility operators have been meeting with the department and provincial MLAs in an attempt to reverse this detrimental admission policy change, without any success.

Now is the time for our government to reinstate the original functional capabilities admission criteria for Level 3B special care homes. We need to allow these services to be accessible for a growing number of seniors in this province.

Amy Klassen
McNair Manor, Moncton

2014-02-22_TJ Letter to Editor - Amy Klassen

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