Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crisis In Elder Care Targeted

Stephanie Allain, a geriatric nurse at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, helps a patient get ready to be released from the emergency ward in Montreal. Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

600 new beds coming, but more than 2,000 seniors are on the waiting list.

MONTREAL – The Quebec government plans to open more than 600 long-term care beds in Montreal next year to address the city’s crisis in elder care.

Still, the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency confirmed Monday that 700 elderly patients are waiting in hospitals to be transferred to nursing homes. And another 1,429 seniors are living at home waiting to move into government-run or subsidized long-term care centres.

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