Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405
Email:  cupe5111pres@sasktel.net

 

Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 
Email: cupelocal4777@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe3967@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email:  cupelocal5999@sasktel.net

 

Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398
Email: cupe4980@sasktel.net

1651 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5A2 306-546-2185

 

 

News

‘Crumbling Away’ a new report on the state of long-term care in Saskatchewan paints startling picture

(Regina) A new report sponsored by CUPE Local 5430 shines a light on the Sask Party’s failure to properly plan for, or invest in, Saskatchewan’s long-term care system.

The report, entitled Crumbling Away: Saskatchewan’s Long-Term Residential Care Policy and Its Consequences was written by Dr. Susan Braedley, Tara McWhinney, Asia Barclay and Kiersten Jensen of Carleton University.

“Our analysis shows that over the last decade, despite demographic trends that predict needs for more capacity, Saskatchewan long-term care policies have both reduced the number of beds available and eroded service provision by removing staffing requirements that allow for dedicated care hours per resident,” said Dr Susan Braedley, an associate professor at Carleton University. “Failures to plan for and dedicate sufficient funding to replacing, renovating, repairing and maintaining the physical infrastructure of publicly owned and operated Special Care Homes, have left the sector in disrepair, and literally crumbling away.”

The Conference Board of Canada conservatively estimates that Saskatchewan will require an additional 4,648 Long Term Care beds by 2035, in order to address changing demographics. Despite these trends, the number of long-term care beds in Saskatchewan has dropped from 9,240 in 2001 to 8,517 beds in 2018.

Crumbling Away long term care policy cupe 5430For CUPE members, the loss of long-term care beds is personal. “The closure of beds at the Grenfell and District Pioneer home and Regina’s Pioneer Village has had a devastating impact on workers, families and communities,” said Sandra Seitz, president of CUPE 5430. “We are seeing the impacts today of the government’s failure to plan for an aging population and aging infrastructure.”

The report also found that publicly owned long-term residential care is correlated with the highest quality care if adequately funded. However, Saskatchewan is “developing a private pay alternative of questionable quality” through its promotion of personal care homes that are offering higher levels of care, typically served by special care homes.

“There is significant high-quality evidence that ‘for-profit’ provision of long-term care leads to lower-quality care, lower staffing ratios, higher rates of hospitalization and mortality, escalating costs and lower accountability and financial transparency,” added Braedley.

“The government of Saskatchewan should continue to build on the province’s legacy of investing in the public provision of long-term care. Privatization will not ensure that seniors, and others who require chronic care, live with dignity and respect as they age.”

For media inquiries, please contact: Tria Donaldson at 306.531.6247

pdfDownload Crumbling Away

 

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About CUPE Local 5430

CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.

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