NHNSA Releases Position Paper

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (Halifax, NS) – The Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association (NHNSA) released a position paper today calling for long overdue action and investment from the provincial government.

Enough Talk presents five priority areas for the province to focus on in the next six to eighteen months and implores the Department of Health and Wellness to allow nursing home providers to work collaboratively with government to address the challenges the sector is facing.

“As the providers of long term care in this province, we come to work every day with the care and safety of our residents as our first priority, but we’re working in an extremely challenging environment,” says Debra Boudreau, board chair of the NHNSA and long-time administrator of Tideview Terrace nursing home in Digby. “We are the experts in delivery of care, and we need to be at the table to get this work done.”

Speaking out as a united voice for the first time, the NHNSA represents 83 per cent of the licensed long term providers in Nova Scotia who state that while COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the challenges in long term care, the system has been teetering on the edge for years.

After multiple studies resulting in the same recommendations, and two reviews on the horizon, NHNSA’s position paper calls for five actions: a vision for long term care, investment in the workforce, a multi-year infrastructure plan, revised funding models and more aggressive timelines to addressing the Minister’s expert advisory panel on long term care.

“Nursing home providers are willing to help government with this work,” says Michele Lowe, executive director of NHNSA. “We know firsthand what needs to be done to provide the care our elders deserve but we can’t wait any longer. We need action now.”

Since 2008 at lease nine reports with recommendations have been generated on long term care in Nova Scotia, none of them have been fully implemented.

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Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association (NHNSA) is a not-for-profit association representing Nursing Homes in the province with a vision of “Advancing world-class nursing homes”. The Association believes in advocating and leading to influence change in long term care. NHNSA is committed to innovative approaches that ensure safe, high-quality standards of care and supports its members by sharing best practices through facilitated round-table discussions; offering educational and networking opportunities; and engaging direct feedback on government policy and sector issues.

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