Family protests 80-year-old's care home eviction

An Alberta family is demanding answers from the Conservative government after their mother, a long-term-care patient in stable condition, was dumped at a hospital emergency room by a private care-home operator.

An Alberta family is demanding answers from the Conservative government after their mother, a long-term-care patient in stable condition, was dumped at a hospital emergency room by a private care-home operator.

"We are appalled that our 80-year-old mother was treated liked a commodity instead of being treated with the respect and dignity that all Albertans deserve," says Beth Podgurny, of St. Albert.
Beth Podgurny wants the province to explain know how her 80-year-old mother could be left at a hospital emergency room by a private care home operator. (CBC)

"Within days of our mother moving in, the private, for-profit home in which she was living began asking us for more money. But when we told them they should stick to the terms of the contract that we had only recently signed, they responded with an eviction notice," says Podgurny.

"The fact that there appears to be nothing under provincial rules to prevent this is mind-boggling. It just goes to show that the privatization solution that Premier Alison Redford is pushing to address long-term-care issues isn't the answer for vulnerable Albertans."

Podgurny and other members of her family say they want answers from Health Minister Fred Horne and Seniors Minister George VanderBurg after writing to them over the past two months seeking a public inquiry into long-term care.