Office of the Premier
Madawaska region to receive 18 new memory care beds23 June 2018
EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The Madawaska region will be receiving 18 new memory care beds.
“Your government’s aging strategy is focused on helping seniors live long and healthy lives and stay in their homes as long as possible but also to create additional nursing home and memory care beds to give seniors this support should they need it,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “These new beds will help ensure seniors in the Madawaska region can receive the level of care they need and deserve.”
Under the 2018-2023 Nursing Home Plan, which will be carried out in three phases, the provincial government will invest $108 million over the next five years at nursing homes around the province.
The plan also involves building ten 60-bed nursing homes around the province.
An additional 407 beds for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia will be provided in special care homes.
The provincial budget contained a number of investments and strategies to benefit seniors and their caregivers, such as:
- $12 million to increase wages for human services workers.
- $1.25 million for a pilot project to help free up acute-care beds.
- $2.1 million for a wage supplement program focused on seniors, to encourage companies to hire seniors.
- $800,000 to begin implementing the New Brunswick Aging Strategy.
- $11.3 million for a program to support informal caregivers.
- $2.1 million in additional funding for specialized beds for people with advanced dementia.
These initiatives are in addition to other programs for seniors, such as the Home First strategy, the Seniors Health, Well-Being and Home Safety Review, wellness clinics and the Age-Friendly Communities Recognition Program, as well as other investments in senior care, such as affordable housing and home care.
Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the seven priority areas outlined in theNew Brunswick Family Plan framework, which also focuses government action on: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty and providing support for people living with a disability.23-06-18