D16 – The leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, Mr. Philippe Couillard, wants to better meet the needs of people requiring housing in a long-term health care facility, offer them an attentive ear, break seniors’ isolation and ensure that government action takes their realities into consideration.
To do this, in a second mandate a QLP government is committed to:
Creating 1 500 new spaces in long-term health care facilities
- These spaces will be developed with particular attention to adapting environments for those dealing with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Specific wards will be reserved for them and their design will be adapted to meet their specific needs.
- 500 of these spaces will be reserved for people 65 and under who need to live in a long-term health care facility. As much as possible, these people will be grouped together so that they can live in an environment that meets their specific needs with people who are experiencing similar realities.
Supporting the deployment of a Quebec-wide helpline for seniors
- The TEL-AÎNÉS help line allows seniors to anonymously discuss the issues they face in their daily lives, which helps break isolation.
Considering the aging population in the development of government actions
- An impact study on seniors will be systematically included in the development process for every policy, law or government action.
These commitments will require investments totalling $525M for the construction of long-term health care facility spaces and $132M annually for their operation, as well as $1.5M for the deployment of the seniors’ help line.
These investments are complementary to the commitments made to improve home care, in particular the $200M to hire additional staff and better recognize the profession of beneficiary assistant. They are added to the current work to renovate spaces in existing long-term health care facilities.