Engage NB 2015

The Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Homes Residents Rights is pleased to submit the following response to better serve the needs of New Brunswickers:

1.      What does a thriving New Brunswick look like to you 10 years from now?
a.       A vision with a focus on a healthy thriving workforce, i.e. putting people back to work with   worthy wages, lift people out of poverty, provide affordable housing, and education opportunities.
b.      Ensure that all seniors have a voice in their care, the ability to select and live in their community of choice in affordable housing, or coop-housing and with trained staff in a ratio that meets the needs of the elderly population.
c)       Rework the Public Transit model, a social justice issue, to meet the needs of the population, i.e. our youth, working people and the aging population.

2.       Thinking of all of the things government spends money on to provide the residents of New Brunswick with services, what are three things that you think government could stop doing to save money?

a)      Streamline top level bureaucrats with comparable income, and remove all bonuses, incentives and free grants to corporations.

b)      One of the major issues facing seniors and the health care system is the number of seniors staying in acute hospital beds while waiting for nursing care placement and the lack of a home care program. Incorporate home support workers under the auspices of the Regional Health Authority in order to provide for improved home care support. Return to the Graham government strategy on increasing nursing home beds for those who are on the wait- list. (Study already done).

c)       There are 64 licensed nursing homes in the province's eight regions with 4427 beds. They are formed under the provinces Companies Act, as non-profit organizations.   Many nursing homes receive 85 -100% funding from government. Executive Directors could be responsible for twenty (20) or more beds. This would alleviate added costs to government and administration of the home.

3.        With all of the financial challenges facing our province, what three things do you think       government could do to raise money?

a)      Establish Toll highways at critical points of entry to the province.

b)      Implement the Public Auto Insurance program that will create jobs and invest money in the province in place of off shore jobs. This model was supported by all political parties in 2004. (Final Report on Public Automobile Insurance in New Brunswick, April 2004) First Session Fifty- fifth legislature).
c)       The cost to keep seniors in Acute Hospital beds is an enormous burden to taxpayers, ($1000 per day per patient). A home care model as established in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the seniors’ portfolio to be the responsibility of the Department of Health.
Some medical buildings within the province could be modified to accommodate seniors who are currently occupying Acute Hospital beds, which would create job opportunities with in the system.

The aging population is growing; the number of seniors (over 65) is expected to increase dramatically over the next 25 years. Eliminating services to the aging population is unacceptable; this will only create undue hardship and be more costly at the end of the day.

The Coalition respectfully requests that serious consideration be given to this submission and that the present government start listening to the voices of New Brunswickers.

Respectfully submitted
On behalf of the Coalition Board of Directors

Cecile Cassista

Cecile Cassista
Executive Director