Carmangay tried to make a stand to save their care facility, which is slated to be closed in the next few months. A busload of folks from the small community, located about 130 kilometres south of Beiseker, went to the Premier's constituency office to plead their case. Unfortunately Premier Redford was not at her office. The media was there so I hope the message got out.
The Provincial officials say the facility in Carmangay - the Little Bow Continuing Care Centre - is too old to be renovated. The long term dementia patients will be relocated and the staff laid off within the next few weeks. Over 10% of Carmangay's workforce are employed by the facility. They will soon be unemployed! Ten percent is a huge portion of ratepayers to be lost! It may well indeed be the final nail in the village's coffin!
In my opinion, this decision by the province is a huge step to the rear! Facilities such as the one in Carmangay need to be encouraged to flourish. More small communities should have such facilities. At present, the elderly, the seriously ill, and the physically needy are being funnelled into larger and larger facilities in larger and larger centers! Their loved ones are forced to drive hundreds of kilometres to visit their infirmed relatives.
Communities such as Beiseker, Irricana, and Carmangay must have extended care facilities, hospices, and lodges to house their citizens when those citizens need that support. Shipping these folks off to the larger centers may make dollar sense but I think it is most inhumane! Are we running a province for people or the bank?
I support Carmangay in their attempts to retain their care facility. I wish them well in their efforts.