Green Party releases smart home care plan: increasing salaries for workers

Green Party releases smart home care plan: increasing salaries for workers

(Waterborough) Green Party leader David Coon says New Brunswick needs a smart, robust, new system to provide quality home care for the province’s seniors and those living with a disability.

Coon released the Green Party’s home care platform today at the Women’s Institute in Waterborough, New Brunswick.

“Everywhere I go in New Brunswick, I see demand for quality home care increasing, but our senior citizens and their family members are hitting a wall of inadequacy in current services — the system designed by the Conservative and the Liberal parties in this province just isn’t working, not for our elders, not for New Brunswickers with disabilities, and not for the workers who provide essential services for people in their homes,” says Coon.

“The Green Party knows that a flexible, multi-faceted system that matches up needs with care is what we need, and that cannot be delivered by a one size fits all profit driven model,” says Coon. “That old fashioned approach leads to lower in-home care standards and drives wages for the women and men who provide care down to unacceptable levels,” he says.

The commitment from the Green Party platform includes:

  • Increase training requirements for homecare workers to support workers in their professional development;
  • Increase salaries for home-care workers to ensure a living wage;
  • Improve standards for in-home care to ensure individuals are having their needs met

The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56

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Media Contact: Shannon Carmont
506.440.4980
shannon.carmont@greenpartynb.ca

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