A recent inquiry has been launch into the lack of funding for elder care in Nunavut. Alexander Sammurtok, the MLA for Rankin Inlet South has indicated that even through Nunavut has the smallest proportion of seniors the territory is not prepared to accommodate the growing elderly population. He asserts that the territory needs to add an additional full-service 24-hour care facility in order to accommodate the elders in the Rankin Inlet community.
This request has been supported by 142 members of Mr. Sammurtok’s constituency, who petitioned the territory’s government for this change. They argue that elders are in need of greater protection of their health, safety and well-being. A needs assessment study is being conducted for the proposed facility.
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