CAQ proposes ombudsman as part of shift away from nursing homes
Published Monday, August 13, 2012 3:33PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:10PM EDT
MONTREAL—The Coalition Avenir Quebec made a play for elderly voters on Monday, announcing that the party favours home care over long-term care facilities in its vision for the province.
“We think that is what people prefer. It costs less and we think that it is the best way to respect our values,” said party leader Francois Legault at a campaign stop in Granby.
According to Legault, 80 per cent of government services for seniors are offered in long-term care facilities, with the balance available for seniors who have chosen to live at home. Legault said he would like to reverse the percentages.
Legault said that seniors should stay at home as long as their health allows.
To help reduce elder abuse, the caquist announced that he would introduce legislation creating an ombudsman’s office for the elderly, require stricter training of staff and hold the management of care centres responsible for mistakes.
Having already announced 94 promises on the trail, Legault could quote no price tag for the proposal. The leader deferred by stating that the party’s financial plan would be released later this week.