Monthly Archives: March 2014

News 91.9 – Mark Mattison Interview

News 91.9 did another interview with Mark Mattison this morning on the topic of Social Development long term care admission policy and Minister Madeline Dube’s response:

“She then publicly stated she supports enforced segregation of seniors with dementia, stereotyping seniors with dementia as quote unquote dangerous and a risk to well minded seniors. These are atrocious claims…”

Listen to the full interview here:

 

Foyer de soins spéciaux: le gouvernement accusé de faire de la discrimination

http://www.acadienouvelle.com/actualites/2014/03/16/foyer-de-soins-speciaux-le-gouvernement-accuse-de-faire-de-la-discrimination/

Amy McNair-Klassen est la copropriétaire des foyers de soins spéciaux McNair Manor. Elle s’insurge contre une politique du gouvernement provincial. – Acadie Nouvelle: Mathieu Roy-Comeau

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FREDERICTON – Des propriétaires de foyer de soins spéciaux reçoivent l’appui de l’opposition dans leur lutte contre la «discrimination» de la part du ministère du Développement social. Ils dénoncent la décision du ministère de subventionner seulement les frais des résidants atteints d’Alzheimer ou de démence.

En avril 2012, la ministre du Développe­ment social de l’époque, Sue Stultz, annonçait l’ouverture de 704 lits de soins spécialisés dans le secteur privé pour les personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer et de démence.

Le gouvernement a cessé du même coup de subventionner les places en foyer de soins spéciaux de catégorie 3B pour les autres personnes âgées. Continue reading

Telegraph-Journal – Petition decries funding changes for special care home admissions

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FREDERICTON – Seniors who don’t suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s are being unfairly denied a subsidy for some special care homes, says a group that took its message to the legislature.

The Moncton-area proponents of the petition say a change in the definitions used by the Department of Social Development means some seniors are finding themselves denied a subsidy to cover the surcharges at some special care homes that offer the 3B level of service for those in the early stages of dementia. Continue reading

GlobalTV News: Group upset over changes to specialized care home criteria

Minister Dube, on TV stating she supports enforced segregation and stereotyping seniors with dementia as posing a risk to well minded seniors. What does she think will happen if all these “dangerous” seniors with dementia are in the same building? They then wouldn’t pose a risk to each other? This is how silly and ignorant Social Developments arguments are. It is completely unfair and unfortunate that the Social Development Department is spreading such untruths about our seniors. They deserve better.

Global TV News ran this story on their news last night:

New Brunswick Legislature – March 14/2014

Chris Collins (LIB-Moncton East) brought forth our petition this morning in the New Brunswick Legislature and questioned Minister Dube on the Social Development admission policy. Minister Dube again completely ignored the real issue and deferred seniors to Home Care or Level 2 Special Care Homes. These options are great for seniors that need those services however we are specifically speaking about the 1000’s of seniors requiring Level 3 care in New Brunswick and would formerly have been classified as 3B and been able to live in 3B facilities. If these seniors do not have Alzheimers (about 90% of former 3B seniors) they are now assessed as 3A meaning their only care option is to remain in hospital until a nursing home bed becomes available. At a significantly higher cost to the province than the 3B facilities that could previously care of them.

Below is a video clip and transcript of Minister Dube being questioned:

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Mr. Collins: Will the Minister of Social Development please confirm that, as a result of a policy change by the department on long-term care, only seniors diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s will be eligible for subsidy in Level 3B special care homes?

Hon. Mrs. Dubé: Thank you for the question. We have done a lot for seniors, and we will continue to do a lot for seniors because they are important.

This government announced a couple of years ago that we were going to have specialized care beds for seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are subsidizing them as well. We are helping them as well. Actually, we have announced 704 new specialized care beds for Alzheimer’s and for dementia across this province. We are on board. We are helping them, and we are creating more beds across this province, through an RFP process, I might say. We are going to continue to help those seniors. Continue reading

Reading of Petition in Legislature – Friday Mar 14

We currently have about 1100 signatures on our petition, 730+ online and 400+ in person. Chris Collins (MLA, Moncton East) will be bringing the petition forward to be read in the New Brunswick Provincial Legislature this Friday March 14/2014 at 9:00am.

All are invited to show their support by sitting in the gallery. The address is 706 Queen Street in Fredericton (Across from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery) and the doors open at 8:00am.

Here’s the Goole Map Link:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/706+Queen+St/@45.9600873,-66.6363603,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4ca418a6bc4e6a89:0x8e7510a56c57638c