Cypress Health Receives Urgent Issues Action Funding

Cypress Health Receives Urgent Issues Action Funding Health & Wellness SouthWest Saskatchewan  Cypress Health Region

The provincial government has allocated the funding for the Urgent Issues Action Fund, which was announced in the spring in reaction to a number of issues surrounding long-term care in the province.

“There has been a lot of interest generated provincially recently about care in long-term care,” said Gloria Illerbrun, Executive Director of Health Services for the Cypress Health Region. “Earlier this year in the spring, we did tours of all our long-term care facilities at the ministry’s request, and met with families, residents and staff to discuss what the issues were in each of the facilities in our region, and prepared a report from that for the ministry. They, in turn, reviewed that and asked us for a proposal on how we can address some of those concerns.”

The Health Region is receiving over $850,000 in one-time and annualized funding from the province, which will be used to fund improvements to facilities and enhancements to staffing locally. This includes around $500,000 in one-time funding, which Illerbrun says will address some immediate issues, including a need to enhance activities for residents.

“We have very few activities available on the weekend, just because of our staffing patterns,” she added. “Also, the type of resident that we have in long-term care has changed greatly in the last 10 years. We have more people with dementia, and more people with very heavy physical needs of care, and some of the larger group activities that we’ve traditionally done really aren’t meeting their needs anymore. It’s all about providing more, but also developing activity programs that meet the needs of the residents we currently have.”

Illerbrun says they are also receiving over $200,000 worth of future staffing enhancements. The funding will also go toward implementing electronic charting to help reduce workloads and increase time to care, provide staff with educational programming in gerontology, and renovating to improve the physical environment in some facilities.

A total of $14 million was allocated by the province to the 13 health regions.

via Local News

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