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Provincial Government supports improved services

Residents in long-term care in the Sun Country Health Region are experiencing improved quality of care, thanks to funding from the provincial Urgent Issues Action Fund.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan and Sun Country Health Region President and CEO Marga Cugnet joined staff and residents to celebrate recent improvements at Tatagwa View in Weyburn on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Funding from the Urgent Issues Action Fund has resulted in improvements in long-term care in facilities across the Region.

These improvements include more slings for resident lifts, bed surfaces to reduce bedsores, more hot food carts to enhance the dining experience, resident wandering systems to monitor the safety and movement of residents with dementia, and training in the Gentle Persuasion approach.

“Our government is committed to a better quality of life for all residents in long-term care facilities,” said Health Minister Dustin Duncan.

“That’s why we provided $10.04 million to all health regions for the most urgent quality of care initiatives in 2013, and an additional $3.7 million for ongoing initiatives. It’s wonderful to see this funding making a difference for residents here in Weyburn.”

Tatagwa View had previously provided activities for residents six days a week. The fund made it possible to hire an additional part-time staff member to expand the program to seven days a week.

“The relief of boredom is recognized as a major risk to the health of our residents in long-term care facilities,” said Sun Country Health Region President and CEO Marga Cugnet.

“That’s why weekend activities are so important. These activities contribute to good mental health, helping keep seniors more physically and mentally challenged and improving overall health and life satisfaction.”

Posted September 11 


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