Stettler region to get more and better continuing care

Stettler will get almost 90 new or upgraded continuing-care spaces with funding from the provincial government’s $105 million investment from capital bonds and affordable living initiative.

Stettler will get almost 90 new or upgraded continuing-care spaces with funding from the provincial government’s $105 million investment from capital bonds and affordable living initiative.

Under a local continuing-care partnership at Stettler Hospital and Care Centre, 88 spaces will be added or renovated in the program that calls for more than 1,000 new or upgraded spaced in 13 facilities in 11 communities all over the province to address the needs of an aging population.

“Specific details of each project will be released in the near future,” said Jody Korchinski, communications officer for Alberta Infrastructure.

“Projects were identified through a consideration of demographics and community needs.”

Construction is scheduled to be completed or well underway in the next two years.

Existing affordable supportive living initiative (ASLI) proposals were then reviewed to determine which best addressed those of highest priority.

With provincial funding through ASLI, community and private-sector components build affordable accommodation for seniors.

These new and updated continuing care spaces will also create additional capacity in Alberta’s hospitals and emergency departments by transitioning seniors currently occupying acute care hospital beds into more appropriate settings that will better meet their needs.

“Providing seniors with accommodations that best suit their health and personal care needs is a priority,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.

“Everyone who purchased Alberta Capital Bonds is making an investment in the continuing care system that will benefit seniors for years to come.”

“Together, we are helping Alberta seniors remain in their communities and age in the right place, close to family and friends,” Stelmach said.