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Alberta Party leader promises more care beds, efforts to keep seniors at home

Leader Stephen Mandel says an Alberta Party government would add 3,500 long-term care beds and bring in a program to help older Albertans stay in their homes longer. Courtesy: Twitter @SMandel_AB

EDMONTON – Leader Stephen Mandel says an Alberta Party government would add 3,500 long-term care beds and bring in a program to help older Albertans stay in their homes longer.

Mandel says the pilot project would help seniors with snow shovelling, meal preparation, grocery delivery and lawn maintenance.

He says the pilot would be available in mid-sized cities such as Grande Prairie and Medicine Hat and would cost an estimated $1.7 million a year.

The extra long-term care beds would cost $260 million annually to operate in addition to an initial cost of $230 million to establish.

Mandel is also proposing a caregiver tax credit and better management of wait lists to keep couples together in seniors homes.

He says the province is unprepared as more and more families face the realities of aging parents and relatives.