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Seniors’ advocate calls for urgent action in long-term care report, released by New Brunswick on 13 March 2024

Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news, I am Joy Stephen, a certified Canadian Immigration practitioner, and I bring to you this Provincial News Bulletin from the province of New Brunswick. This recording originates from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario.

  The province’s long-term care system needs urgent action if New Brunswickers are going to feel safe relying upon it, according to a new report from Child, Youth and Seniors’ Advocate Kelly Lamrock.

In What We All Want, a review of the province’s long-term care system, Lamrock identified seven areas for immediate government action:

● Fixing a broken and disjointed needs-assessment system so that families get the right help.

● Better integrating different types of care so that patients move easily through the system.

● Holding the system accountable and ensuring that patients and their families are heard.

● Improving human resources planning and retaining staff at all levels of care.

● Ensuring that the system is better funded and less bureaucratic to ensure quality care.

● Providing better and more accessible supports to support care in people’s homes.

● Supporting the unique needs of people with disabilities and planning for the future.

The report offers recommendations to improve the system, including:

● Establishing one financial assessment so that families do not have to repeat intake every time a patient’s care needs change.

● Increasing funding for inspections, increasing the use of unplanned inspections and establishing a provincial offence for reprisals against whistleblowers.

● Developing a separate process for needs assessment and financial support so that patients’ needs are not shortchanged for financial reasons.

● Modernizing support programs for people with disabilities and setting hard targets to move people with disabilities out of overly institutional care.

● Improving incentives for aging at home through better respite care for family caregivers, expanding eligibility for home support programs and establishing a caregivers’ network.

● Improving recruitment and retention of front-line staff by offering better training and higher wages, and harmonizing wages for workers in different areas of long-term care.

● Decentralizing the powers of the Department of Social Development in program delivery to community-based governing bodies who oversee the full continuum of care, while preserving the department’s role in setting standards, reporting results and equalizing funding.

● Improving reporting of key performance indicators and establishing a process to investigate variations in outcomes between regions and facilities.

● Providing mandatory and ongoing training for board members, managers, inspectors and social workers in areas which impact patients most.

● Making the system more affordable by regulating core services and extra charges, capping daily contributions and establishing a transparent, public process for setting rates and funding.

● Providing more flexible definitions of levels of care to allow for a more responsive system.

For Health Care professionals exploring the possibility of immigrating to New Brunswick, this announcement carries significant weight. It offers valuable insights into the prevailing landscape of their sector, empowering Medical Professionals to tailor their immigration plans in accordance with the evolving needs of the industry. 
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