The Alberta government is providing $200-million more this fiscal year for home care supports.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says they're able to improve services by leveraging money from the federal health care deal that was just signed a couple of weeks ago.

"It's about that $700 million over ten years, so about $70 million is enabled by the federal partnership, but certainly our investment of about $200-million enables us to stretch that money a lot further," Hoffman says. "These are Albertans of all ages that can require home care, they have been impacted by an illness, physical or mental conditions, there are challenges that may otherwise have them confined to a hospital bed, are unable to continue to live at home."

Jaye Fredrickson is a home care recipient who was diagnosed with ALS in 2008.

"I've spent two years going to work every day. Ian would deliver me to work, somebody would come to work and take me to the bathroom, they'd help me through the day, somebody would help me get cleaned up and it kept my life normal for about two years," Fredrickson says. "The disease is inexorable and I've deteriorated and over the years we've received more and more help, just with basic kinds of care."

In the 2015/16 fiscal year, more than 116,000 Albertans received home-care services. That's up 20 per cent in the last six years.

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