Need for quality seniors’ care
On Nov. 1, I had the great privilege of attending Dakota Collegiate’s Senior’s Recognition Evening. Nights such as these are very important for seniors’ mental health and overall well-being. After a two-year hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, community members were excited to attend seniors’ night once again. Thank you to the student and staff leadership who worked to make this another special evening.
The event involved incredible musical performances by the Dakota Collegiate band and choir, as well as a singalong, which featured a dancing line of students that spanned the length of the entire gym. The highlights of my evening were undoubtedly the great conversations I got to have with St. Vital seniors and witnessing the kindness and generosity of the students who graciously served at the event.
Seniors told me that the quality of care in our province is important to them. This is why the Manitoba NDP continues to advocate for seniors on the issues of affordable housing, accessible health care, home care and more. Unfortunately, the Progressive Conservatives have failed to protect seniors from rent hikes and their cuts to health care and home care have negatively affected seniors’ quality of life. High vacancy rates in home care have resulted in seniors having their appointments cancelled, and the standard of care declining. Home-care workers are being overworked and don’t feel respected by the PC government, causing many to seek other lines of work.
While I continue to advocate for better services, it is my hope that we can build a Manitoba where seniors are able to access affordable housing, accessible health care and home care as well as recreational activities that facilitate their overall health. I will continue working with the Manitoba NDP team and community members on behalf of Manitoba’s seniors.
As we are already in December and the holidays are fast approaching, I would like to use this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season. I hope that you are able to connect safely with friends, family as well as loved ones, and I wish you all the best and brightest in 2023.
If you would like to reach out to me about seniors’ services in Manitoba, or anything of concern to you, feel free to get in touch with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 204-219-5407. You can also stop by at my constituency office at 838 St. Mary’s Rd.
St. Vital constituency report
Jamie Moses is the NDP MLA for St. Vital.