Stakeholders applaud LTC recommendations


NEW GLASGOW — The CEO for Glen Haven Manor says she is encouraged with the release of the recommendations made by the Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on Long Term Care.

Lisa M. Smith says Glen Haven looks forward to the new provincial strategies and increased investments to enhance long-term care.

“Glen Haven Manor is encouraged to see many of the top challenges and concerns that have been identified by nursing homes across the province reflected in the recommendations,” says Smith.

“We were pleased to see so many references to standards that align with the best practices requirements of Accreditation Canada. Outstanding quality care for our residents is paramount and we believe there should be a highest level of health care for every Nova Scotian of every age. We have committed to a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach for many years and have been addressing many of these areas within the capacity of our resources, both human and financial.”

Smith adds, “We owe a great deal to our elders as the pillars of our communities and they deserve the very best of personal care, compassion and dignity in every stage and chapter of their lives. We also believe the approach of achieving immediate short-term goals as well as medium and long-term ones is critical and will be working with the Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association to communicate to the Department of Health & Wellness our top priorities.”

The Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association also applauds the recommendations.

“We applaud the panel members for the extensive stakeholder engagement achieved in such a short period of time and we thank the residents, families and staff who shared their knowledge, opinions and personal experiences, ” says Michele Lowe, managing director of the provincial association.

“We are cautiously optimistic that these recommendations, many of which have already been presented to government over the past several years by our association, will be fully endorsed by the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. We are pleased to see the short and medium term actions outlined in the report which highlight the urgency required to address the issues facing long term care.”

Lowe explains that the nursing homes across the province have strategized and collaborated within the sector for many years to create a vision for long-term care that puts the resident/client at the centre of a compassionate and caring model and as indicated in the report, there is substantial investment needed by the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness to ensure nursing homes have the resources and services necessary to deliver the best care possible.

The provincial association whose member nursing homes serve thousands of Nova Scotians applauds the panel for addressing the looming staffing crisis that they agree requires immediate action and financial support.