Alberta Health Services (AHS) is temporarily increasing the number of continuing care home beds in Wetaskiwin.   

Ten temporary beds will be added in Seasons Wetaskiwin to support patients who no longer need acute care services.   

Those waiting in community settings such as their home or lodge, who require a higher level of care can also be placed in temporary spaces.   

“This additional capacity in Wetaskiwin will help ensure the right services and supports are in place to serve the people of the County of Wetaskiwin, allowing patients to remain as close to home as possible,” said Rick Wilson, MLA for Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin.  

The temporary spaces will be operational for 12 months and are expected to help maintain capacity in acute care sites throughout the AHS Central Zone.  

“Having the option to move patients who no longer need acute care into a level of care more suited to their needs will allow us to free up beds for local patients who need emergency medical care. It will also support those who are waiting in their own home to be admitted to a continuing care bed,” said Lori Sparrow, Senior Operating Officer of Community and Seniors Health for AHS Central Zone.  

Patients and their families will be supported in moving into the temporary spaces and will receive the same level of care as any other continuing care client.   

Residents remaining in the temporary spaces after the 12 months will be relocated to alternative continuing care spaces.