Ministers explains government strategy
Health Minister Jerome Kennedy rolled out the provincial government’s new strategy for the province’s current and future long-term care and community support services in a public consultation at Carbonear on Friday, Aug. 13.
Thirteen people, representing varied personal and professional interests, attended the two-hour event, which was held at Fong’s Motel.
“Input from this consultation process will help guide the development of a responsive and effective … strategy,” Kennedy said in his introductory remarks.
The minister focused on the intention of government to revitalize and strengthen the current system. This vision will call for the implementation of one that has an increased focus on client-centred service delivery, he said.
The revised strategy is a response to what Kennedy referred to as “challenges and potential solutions in the system.” Kennedy outlined the required components of effective long-term care and community support services.
“(It) addresses health and social needs; optimizes rights and participation in decision making; encourages choice, independence and mobility; and demonstrates standards of quality in all aspects of service provision,” he explained.
Two of those attending the consultation made formal presentations to the minister. Beverly Russell spoke on behalf of the Association of Quality Living Alliance for Seniors. Adam Baker represented the Independent Living Resource Centre. There were also impromptu and informal presentations from other individuals, who wished to seek clarification about specific matters or express appreciation for the government’s current long-term care and community support programs.
Kennedy’s final remarks highlighted “the creation of a system that is not overly reliant on facility-based, long-term care.” Instead, emphasis is being placed on the achievement of “optimal independence and quality of life in … homes and communities,” he said.