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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta City nursing care beds filled; waiting list could reach 220 By GEORGE STEFHENSON Herald Staff Writer District hospitals could be used to ease the shortage ol nursing care beds in the city. Lethbridge Municipal Hospital a d m i n s t r a t o r Andy Andreachuck says. A committee of the Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospitals and Nursing Home District No. 65 Board will be investigating the "real need" lor more beds and trying to formulate solutions before approaching the eminent The board was told last month there is an ever iru reasing need lor more nursing care beds All nursing homes in Lethbiidge are filled to capacity and theie are some nursing care patients in the active treatment hospitals who should not he there, nuismg home ad- ministrator Don Le Baron says There are 81 people listed as waiting lor nursing home beds now, but the problem is. it could be more than 200 within two years. Mr. Le Baron adds If approval was given today it would take two years at least before there was a new nursing home in the area we need action now If we wait the list could be more than he says CHECK LIST Mr Andreachuck says the list must first be checked tor its present validity before the committee can proceed "As the list grows, it has a tendency to sit arid there is less accuracy of its validity Some of the people who have re- quested beds in nursing homes have found other accommodation, no longer need it. or have moved away, Mr Andreachuck explains. When the exact number of those in need ol beds has been found, the board can proceed to discuss the role of the periphery hospitals The board has indicated the Taber Hospital would get first priority in tegard to additional nursing home ser- vice. Mr Le Baron says. The Raymond and Coaldale hospitals have also asked lor consideration from the board in this area Both Mr Le Baron and Mr have indicated the active treatment beds in the hospitals could be reclassilied as nursing care beds. If proper treatment and care could be given it could be done However even if beds are available now the occupancy o! the hospital could increase in the Inline. Tom Addy. chairman ol the Taber hospital board says ROOM TOO SMALL The Taber board must first decide what direction and priorities it will pur- sue in the area of active treatment care A major problem in using the present hospital is the rooms have been design- ed lor active treatment use. not nursing home care The rooms are too small and extensive renovations would be necessary. Taber hospital ad- ministrator Dave Turtle adds. This is generally true for most active treatment hospitals, he says Rather than' increase use ol present treatment.nursing home, auxiliary hospital complex. Mr. Addy says This type of complex, under one root, would cut both operating and ad- ministration costs. Mr Turtle says The concept is similar in approach to the type of complex recommended by the Alberta Medical Association AGREES WITH AMA The association agreed with the AMA committee on aging which recommend- ed that many single facilities should be integrated "The committee adheres to the prin- ciple ol the need lor total geriatric care, and that this care be centralized to include in extended care facilities, auxiliarv hospitals, nursing homes, day hospitals, social day care centers, home care and low cost housing and recommends that steps be initiated towards this in rural and in ban areas pilot project, combining three ser- vices, was completed in Blairmore in mid-August It has 60 active treatment beds. senior citizen and 30 nursing home beds 'Careful studies will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the lacilitv and the results are expected to have far teaching influences on future planning of such facilities in the province.' Dr K Bradley Chairman of the Mberta Hospitals Association savs IMPERSONAL The I.MH board must meet with Dr Bradlev to discuss the nuismg care shortage and the various solutions. As a representative o 1 Dr. Bradley says. While it is recognized that large'in- tegrated facilities would benefit from the economies of scale and would provide manv advantages and con- venience to stall, the benefit to the patient is not as readily discernable The impersonal atmosphere of large institutions and the feeling of be- ing overwhelmed which they impart aie factors that must be taken into ac- count consideiation of integrated sei Vices' Dr Bradlev says He admits however, success of such a health dihverv service would depend to a large measure" on the extent of social services and leadership available within the community and supported sufficient numbers of professional stalf The Let lib rid oe Herald MMM Health service SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, October 6, 1973 Pages 15-28 City residents concerned about stray dogs, cats Placid park A slight breeze caresses the placid surface of Park Lake, deserted now that summer has gone. Autumn gold is the predominant color at the park as the poplars perpare to shed their leaves for winter. Citv hall was besieged bv n.lie callers Friday wanting to know what thev were sup- [Hiseci to do with stiav dogs and cat-, while the animal shelter is closed The c'ommunitv services depa t t men I me a n w h i le teports the pound phone number will be disconnected until Tuesclav when the new office at the exhibition grounds is opened in a report to go to city council Tuesday community serv ices director Bob Bartlett sav.s plans have been com- pleted locate the shelter in the' liieluill building next to the grandstand at Ihe exhibi- tion gtounds This will serve, after lenovatioiis including water supply and sewer hookups, heating floor drainage, roof insulation, installation of cages. and minor Council to ponder snakes MI ik- s in ap nimetils ni u In i e else 'in I mallei 'mis elieiises m 1' -I- IM Ii labs ouiilit In be il! iu> il in i i ilies I lie1 il .il i delph Out leels 1 n i !el lei In belni e c il v I'H'il I iiesd I lie ('iiielph mini il isk lui siijipni t tni a i ilul mil i' 'Ii I teil re- MIL: I he leileial yovcl n ill In i esli n I the impoi ta HIM mil In ceding ol i epliles 'in! i n HUM In C mad.i except 'ni i esc- n i h and ellcils PHI puses I'he i e isiin 1'he letter Tliewll H iillilelslalccl tells ill The i il v nl (iuelph leeeiltU expeuellced a period ii when a pvihon M ike esi aped Irom I he apart iieni in wine h H was being ki'pt mil was ie captm ed a lew d laid e ne informed bv pell Imu that tenants mov- ed mil and nth'Ts dul not ob- I ill] i ihiml nioli! !j...j) ij'i'ij iliei the snake had been iimhi The (.iielph citv council sa' s it is eniisidei inu a bv law in pi event aiiv iccuri ence and while mi the subject thouuht ihde illicit M he i'dleral leLiislat inn ac i oss IL: mist llie uasl v ci liters modifications at an estimate cost ot S.I.000. until a perma- nent shelter can be built on the northern boundary ol the citv Mr Hal tlett .said he knew of no other possible location tor the temporary pound. I nder the arrangement with the exhibition board the utilities will be' supplied bv the board, but the city will have to bear the renovation costs itself because the board savs it has no long term use lor the building Mr Rartlett said if the renovations are okaved bv citv council Tuesday they could likelv be completed in two weeks "It will get top priority. he said In the meantime, he said, the citv will trv and make arrangements with a local kennel to keep the pound operational Theie's no question it will be a minimal operation." lie said "We are asking the public1 to beat with us The commumtv services diiectoi said Ins department knew the move tiotn the river vallev was coming but didn t think the bridge builders would require the pound to be vacated as lasi as thev did Time Air Ltd. applies for non-stop flights next sprint; Time Ltd l.eihbi i due to nper lie Mights to il SMI v and Kdmontnn a in lot the eompanv iv s Stubh Ross said Time has In the Canadian I i iiispoit Commission i In update I he lion stop ser- n e Last Saturdav public n ii I 11 e explaining t he ipl'ln alion appealed in the II.-i ihl bin I v opposum it has uri- i ii I Jd to wnte the CTC ne Xi1 now Ih.s to Kd minion anil CalL'aiv bin ic- "i 'Imu In US IK ense must !'ip in Red Deei and llv I'I ines iindei I-l INK) pounds It is HOW applv um In buv a H nun pound in passenger lui bo [Hop plane to provide 1 he nun sei K e In Kcl- tininnii ami Caluaiv Their in "ids would i ontinue to 'K in Keil Deei I Joss expects I'.KilK will oppose "he ipplii atinn because it will 'ie in eel i 'i impel 11 ion with its ni bus sei vice between 1 ilt: n v and Kdmnntun I'hev npei ale bm jets and u ill be a leasnnable altef- M ill v e t hem be sa vs Swim class A water safety leader course, sponsored bv the I.elhbridge community ser- vices department and the Red Cross, will be this fall and winici ai die Fritz Sick pool The course is open to all people !5 to 17 years who have obtained their Royal I.ilesavmg Societv bronze medallion, the Senior 111 e s a i P c a w a r d o r equivalent, and those in- terested in becoming qualified swimming instructors said uncivilized By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Canada is still uncivilized in its approach to the provision of health care services, a i v esi t v of Ca Iga rv prolessoi said here Friday Dr .John Read head ol the I' of C community health ser- vices division, said other countries otter more care in the area of community health and care of handicapped children In Denmark the system of child care is extremely well developed Handicapped children are cared for in com- munitv centres and are seen as a pait of societv not as someone to be kept from the mainstream of the com- munity he said He added the centres are an alternate means ol care to Ihe active treatment hospital Dr Read was speaking to the Southern regional hospitals conference as part of a three-man team from the I1 of C The three professors agreed that with an overabundance of active care hospital beds in Canada there will be less focus on the hospital, making wav for community health centres Dr Claience Kkstrand a medical economist said Canada has a ratio ol active treatment beds to population higher than most countries There are about seven beds net 1.000 population in Canada yet onlv 3'j per 1.000 in the United States "Canada also spends six per cent ol ever thing produced in the on health care vet we rank verv low in manv health endices including life expectancv" he said Greater and more com- prehensive planning is needed to determine how services can be utilized to a greater degree and what new services are needed Dr Kkstrand is presently involved in the Mberta Health Sttidv Croup which is ex- amining all aspects of health in Alberta Thestudv will make lecommendations to the provincial government on the necessity of new facilities and general approach to health care In the past, planning has been piece meal" and has caused difficulty in reaching comprehensive goals ol health care Dr Read said Dr Don Larsen, a medical sociologist said planning must be carried out at all times to determine if health care is meeting the needs ot the people "Planning has been based all too much on pressure groups and politics alone, there are not enough facts Unfortunately collection ot data is done on a hit or miss or last minute basis The collec- tion of data in Iberia-must be improved. smiplv cannot continue planning on such a hit and miss he said cate outlets and is aimed at finding alternative health care centers to relieve pressure from the active The present study has in- vestigated what levels of cvue should be in the various health 11 cat merit hospit a 1 Dr Kkstiand said three professors said Iliev expect the acute treat- ment hospital to be used, in the future mamlv lor the verv set mush ill patient Highrise home '4 years late9 By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau senior c il Inghrise project approved Thursdav for the cilv is at least lour vears late, a Lcthbiidfie director ol the Mberta Housing Coi [Miration said Fndav Fied said the c-itv should be right now planning and programming lot another project probabh not as big so we don I run into the same pmblem Mr would appear thai the citv has been tiio interested m commercial and industrial development to wonv abniil senior homes .uid similar projects 'Hut now that We ie cm the light tiack let ,s keep on liac-k he said m a telephone mid view hete The (iitector also challenged statements he said mavor had made that the project bad been stalled at the provincial level of a question ot ownership It the citv had been keeping an eve on the situation it would have ed that the' province had taken over total responsibihtv tor senior homes, he s.iid The housing corporation onlv heard about the city's re- quit emetits about six months ago and theie had been no dclavs The building approved bv the corporation Thursday was Ihe best designed project ever to ciime before the board. Mr said 'The in- novations and design took the individual into consideration in an exciting wav. he said The original plan for a building to accommodate 70 persons has climbed to 160 and from an estimated cost of to nearly million, partially in response to an increased demand for housing because of people displaced bv the downtown redevelopment The project be readv lor occupancy bv 1975 but probably not before then as [irojeci.s ot this magnitude are estimated to take about 18 montlis to complete Fear may cause illegal immigrants to hold out Illegal immigrants who have worked m Canada mav be holding back from the amnestv program lor lears it will be held against them, a Canada Immigration official told The Herald Fndav Mike Diduck. officer in charcc ot the Lethbridge im- minratmn office, said across Canada, onlv 10 percent of the applicants under the adjust- ment Matu.s program have been illegal immigrants or holders ol workers' visas Ninlv per cent have been here on student visas he said It I was working illegallv I might hesitate to say anvthing George Blair said in a Herald interview Mr Blan was accepted under the .mines! V legalIv in Canada for three vears as a student Mi Diduck stressed that havinu worked would not be held against a prospective im- migiant under the program, but that those who did not app- K would be deported without appeal it caught The program was instituted after all amendment to the Gov't controls could hike machinery costs By RIC SVVIHART Herald Stall Writer Farmers would face higher machinery and repair costs if the Alberta government legislates operational controls on the retail and wholesale implement business, say in- dustry officials Hill Armstrong ol Calgary, manager ol the Alberta Retail I t7i p 1 e m e n I Dealers' told The Herald Tuesday recent legislation in Manitoba and Saskatchewan has already caused price increases to fanners buying and repairing equipment The legislation in Manitoba and Saskatchewan calls for provision of alternate equip- ment by dealers it farmers can't get repair parts within a certain period ot time Mr Arm.sirong claims a few widely scattered complaints by farmers through farm groups about poor service Irom implement dealers has led to government investiga- 11o n a nd thoughts of legislation 'Legislation controlling im- plement dealers would be jumping the gun at I h i s ,s t a g e.'' said M r Armstrong (J over n men t thinks something should be done but hasn't been able to establish a problem on any scale to warrant legislation Mr. Armstrong said the Farm Implements Act was amended in 1971 to provide licensing provisions for dealers but regulations have never been spelled out defin- ing an implement dealer. And Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner has warned provincial dealers they will face similar legisla- tion if service to farmers can't be maintained at an ade- quate level Dr Homer said during a press tour to Peace River Thursday lie has asked for a 72-hour minimum parts piogiam to be in effect by next .spring il dealer-, don't prove they can operate without contiols 1 don't eare.iboiil ativthmg as long as the dealers move the parts to the farmers within 72 hours he said Don Dalke. manager ot Southland Ford in Lethbridge. said he would welcome legislation or regulations defining what an implement dealer is "Tln.s tvpe ol legislation would force a dealer to better support Ins business." said Mr Dalke "With all the roles ot the various segments ol the m- dustrv spelled out. everybody in the industrv would know what was expected of him Mr Armstrong said Alberta farmers haven't been han- dicapped much this fall with lack ot service or parts, a ma- jor reason why no government action is needed "If a farmer or dealer is having a problem, we will trv to work it out He pointed to three mam areas lor atn problems aris- ing this year transportation, communication and customs clearance (letting parts Irom depots to the dealers is out ol the hands of the association, said Mr Aimstrong. The roughest period was during the rail strike but even this didn't affect dealers too much Communication between I a rm o r s and dealers sometimes leads to problems said Mr Armstrong If a farmer orders a wrong part and the transportation system gets that part to him in a hurry, he is still in difficulty "Farmers should alwavs order parts well in advance ol needing them. he said "When a tanner puts his com- bine away in the fall, he knows about what has to be done before he can use that machine again the next year A r r ,i n g i n g a p r o p e r maintenance program would also help dealers and manufacturers, he said By orcleiing parts and getting work done during lulls in field work, dealers would be able to maintain capable workers instead of trying to find train- ed men during the busy months Also, manufacturers would be able to maintain adequate supplies of parts (letting parts from outside Canada has been difficult in the past, said Mr Armstrong Rut now pioblems only il a part is shipped close to the weekend Sotnetni.os it isn't delivered until the following week Immigration in 1972 alxilished applications from inside the Prior to the amendment many foreign visitors had applied tor per- mission to stav m Canada, and i tve i! i-nilv someone broke' min Ihe office area ol the Mnlel diet 11 p m Fndav It is not vet known what was I.ilen ;