ACCA Media Release: New Funding for CC Operators Provides Welcome Relief to Mounting PressuresMay 20, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Creating Significant Financial and Operating Challenges
May 20, 2020
The Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA), the Recognized Voice of Continuing Care in Alberta, commends the Government of Alberta’s much welcomed announcement of more than $170 million in funding for Designated Supportive Living (DSL) and Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and seniors lodges in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. This funding boost will be used for enhanced staffing and extra cleaning supplies and will address lost accommodation revenue.
“During these unprecedented times, Albertans should be proud of the commitment demonstrated day in and day out by the highly dedicated, caring, and hard-working staff who work in support of Continuing Care residents and their families,” said ACCA Executive Director Wayne Morishita. “This funding recognizes the integral role of Continuing Care workers to the wellbeing and safety of our most vulnerable citizens and will allow our operators and their teams to continue to provide the very highest quality of care as safely as possible.”
The ACCA has appreciated the ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Alberta Health Services and their readiness to understand the challenges facing the sector and solutions to overcoming these. “Today’s announcement is a direct result of this collaboration and our mutual understanding that we must work together, in partnership, to continue to best serve our clients and residents,” said ACCA Board Chair Jennifer McCue.
“The ACCA extends our sincerest thanks to Premier Kenney, Minister Shandro and MLA Richard Gotfried for listening to and addressing operators’ concerns with this much needed funding, as well as other government directives to date,” continued McCue. “The government’s investment will help us ensure that we can continue to offer the very best care possible to seniors across the province.”
For more information, contact:
Wayne Morishita, Executive Director
Heather Aggus, Director of Communications