Nunavut struggles to care for elders closer to home – CBC

MLA questions why elders are being sent out-of-territory for care

Jun 05, 2017

Rankin Inlet MLAs are calling on the premier and health minister to find solutions to care for elders closer to home instead of sending them thousands of kilometres away to residential care facilities outside of Nunavut.

There are 27 long-term care beds in Nunavut, including three designated for respite or palliative care. No facilities in the territory provide care for dementia. That means a growing number of elders are sent to residential care facilities in the south, like Embassy West in Ottawa.

“Elders establish the backbone of Nunavut culture and language and the Inuit fabric across the communities,” said Rankin Inlet South’s Alexander Sammurtok, quoting the government’s strategy on caring for seniors.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-seniors-plan-1.4145757

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