Quebec Seniors Demand 24/7 CLSCs and Right to Home Care

Quebec's Coalition pour la dignité des aînés demands 24/7 CLSCs and recognition of the right to home care, but the government refuses. The coalition argues this would improve access to home medical services, which 90.7% of Quebecers currently lack.

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Quebec Seniors Demand 24/7 CLSCs and Right to Home Care

Quebec Seniors Demand 24/7 CLSCs and Right to Home Care

A seniors' coalition in Quebec is demanding that the provincial government open CLSCs (local community service centers) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and recognize the right to home care. The Coalition pour la dignité des aînés made the requests at a summit on home care held in Quebec City on Wednesday, but the government has so far refused to meet their demands.

The coalition wants CLSCs to serve as the main entry point for people needing home care and support services. They argue that having CLSCs open around the clock would enable them to assess needs, provide information on available resources, and recommend the right professional or care provider. However, Sonia Bélanger, the minister responsible for seniors, rejected the idea during question period, stating:"It's a misunderstanding of the vision of CLSCs. CLSCs are there to organize local services in a community. In the word CLSC, there's the C..."

Why this matters: The lack of accessible home care services has significant implications for the health and well-being of seniors, and the government's refusal to address this issue may exacerbate existinghealthcare challenges. As the population ages, the need for comprehensive home care services will only continue to grow, making it essential to develop sustainable solutions that support seniors' independence and quality of life.

The demand for improved home care services in Quebec is underscored by the fact that 90.7% of Quebecers currently lack access to home medical services. Québec solidaire (QS) MNA Christine Labrie brought the coalition's demands to the floor of the legislature, but the governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party has not committed to implementing the requested changes.

The refusal to open CLSCs 24/7 and recognize the right to home care has sparked frustration among seniors' advocates. On Friday, Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard was met with a loud protest when he presented the budget to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the South Shore in Brossard. The demonstration was likely related to the government's stance on the coalition's demands.

As Quebec's population ages, the need for accessible and comprehensive home care services becomes increasingly pressing. The Coalition pour la dignité des aînés argues that the government's current policies fail to adequately support seniors who wish to remain in their homes. With over 90% of Quebecers lacking access to home medical services, the coalition's demands for 24/7 CLSCs and the recognition of the right to home care aim to address a significant gap in the province's healthcare system.