I’d like to offer some quick clarification on the claims proposed by Wildrose MLA Rod Fox in his article last week (entitled “Looking at 2014 in Alberta”).
I am a therapist at the Centennial Centre and I work closely with our social workers to assist families in navigating discharge and placement.
Rod Fox states that the opposition has “forced an end to the policy that placed seniors as far as 100 kms from their families”.
What Rod Fox fails to mention is that this policy is actually still in place, but it was reduced to 80 kms instead of 100 kms.
He further does not mention that this 80 km placement is proposed as a temporary placement to free up rooms/services in acute care, and when a room or bed is available in a closer or preferred community, then the client is able to move closer to their families.
Personally, I am not pleased with this policy and I furthermore do not have the knowledge to dispute any of Rod Fox’s other claims.
Instead, I write this letter to hold Rod Fox accountable for his claims and recommend that he not misrepresent information to the very people who placed confidence in him during the election.