Alberta Loses a Pioneer in Continuing Care
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, a pioneer of Continuing Care in Alberta and Chairman of the Board of the Brenda Strafford Foundation. Dr. Strafford passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 25th, at the age of 87 years.
Minister Hoffman Asserts "Public" Means "Publicly Accessible"
The ACCA is pleased to share with you this excerpt taken from the 29th Legislature First Session' Standing Committee on Families and Communities (November 16, 2015 session) wherein Honourable Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman states, when asked to clarify the term "public": "I mean publicly accessible, that they're going to be needs-based, not means-based..." For the complete session, please click here.
Ahh, Valentine's Day! A time to show our loved ones how much they mean to us! Unfortunately, it also comes during a time of year when many feel isolated, depressed or forgotten. To brighten the day of seniors and those requiring continuing care, why not share a Valentine with them? The ACCA has created two Valentines which we encourage you to print and share with those in your care. Print them as is or, if you have young children (budding artists!), why not involve them! Have them add their own colouring and creative flair.
Congratulations CapitalCare - Feast on the Field - inaugural event!
The ladies of ACCA attended CapitalCare's inaugural Feast on the Field event in August at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Our taste buds danced as we enjoyed fantastic company and an absolutely wonderful meal all in support of seniors in care.
September 2015 is World Alzheimer's Month
Did you know someone develops dementia every 4 seconds in the world? Learn more about dementia: Visit www.dementiafriends.ca today!
ACCA Challenges you to become a Dementia Friend!
The 2014-2015 Alberta Seniors Annual Report captures the accomplishments and audited financial statements of the Ministry of Seniors over the last fiscal year. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The ACCA is pleased to be partnering with the Conference Board of Canada for their Western Health Summit 2015: Making Change That Makes a Difference. As part of our partnership, we are pleased that our members will be able to take advantage in attending the conference, happening May 11 - 12 in Edmonton, at a reduced rate. More...
Corporate Member, Excel Society, received four-year Accreditation through Accreditation Canada. We offer you our sincerest congratulations on this achievement!
ACCA Director of Member Services, Sponsorships & Special Projects, Rob Carstensen, had the opportunity to attend the opening of Wing Kei Greenview in February. Premier Jim Prentice and Minister of Seniors, Jeff Johnson, attended the ceremony. A beautiful building full of natural light and areas for plants, the facility, in the words of Premier Prentice, is truly "marvelous".
Congratulations to CapitalCare Foundation on another successful conference. ACCA was a proud sponsor and we thank you for the opportunity to have attended! Pictured, Joe Roberts inspires with his story "There Is More to You Than You Can See"; from Skidrow to CEO.
The ACCA brought together ACCA Members and Members of the Legislative Assembly for a casual evening of networking and discussion around pressing issues facing the continuing care industry in Alberta. We were delighted to have the Honourable Ministers Mandel and Johnson, former Minsters Horne and Quest, as well as several other Ministers, MLAs and guests in attendance.
Thank you to our Members for having joined us at our AGM held on November 12 in Edmonton. We would also like to thank special guest speaker, the Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister of Seniors, pictured below with ACCA CEO Tammy Leach and ACCA Chair John Pray, who spoke of a Vision for Continuing Care in Alberta.
We were also joined by guests Isabel Henderson and Nancy Guebert of the Alberta Health Services Continuing Care Resolution Team whose update caused much thought-provoking discussion. We know there needs to be immediate change and enhanced support of the continuing care industry in Alberta; but the ladies did provide a quote regarding the good work performed by operators that sometimes goes overlooked. "You can't judge the care by the number of chandeliers."
Special Members' Meeting held
We thank our members for having attended our Special Members' Meeting. There was lots of discussion and optimism that continuing care is at the forefront of the new Government's agenda. The time for action is now to ensure the long-term viability and stability of the continuing care industry in Alberta. We would like to thank Carmen Grabusic, Acting Executive Director, Continuing Care Branch of Alberta Health, for having joined us, pictured below with ACCA CEO Tammy Leach.
Chief Executive Officer Tammy Leach visits BC Care Providers Association
See what she thought here.