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Improving Senior's Care

Everyone in B.C. deserves quality and accessible health care no matter their age, ability, income or health status.

When home and community care services, such as home support and residential care, are fully funded, well coordinated and accessible, they are a key part of care for people and reduce pressure on the more expensive primary and acute systems.

In countless consultations and studies, British Columbians have told our government that we expect that seniors and people with disabilities be treated with dignity and respect, and that the health care system be there for them when they need it. Despite this, the BC government has failed to act on many of the key recommendations to improve care.

The BCHC community works across the province to strengthen services for our elders and people with disabilities so that we can all live and age with dignity in B.C.

Home and Community Care saves money and saves lives

Campaign Updates & News

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 9th, 2017  Across Canada-- Canada's Health Coalitions signed a joint statement and held a media conference today on the recent bilateral health care deals and called for a united health accord.…Read More

Promising Practices in Residential Care

February 22, 2016 - 09:30 am

Promising Practices in Residential Care How can residential care be provided in ways that respect the needs of seniors, families, workers and managers? Join us at this free public forum to hear about ideas and concrete examples of promising practices found in Canada and other countries. Monday February 22, 2016Vancouver Public LibraryCentral Branch – Alice MacKay Room350 W. Georgia St, Vancouver…Read More

BC home support system near breaking point, government leadership needed: study

Lack of support at home leaves seniors unsupported, family caregivers overburdened, and costly hospital services overcrowded  Vancouver— It is now harder than ever for BC seniors to access the basic home support services they need to remain at home, despite the BC Ministry of Health’s goal to support seniors to stay independent at home for as long as possible, says a report released today by the Integrated Care Advocacy Group (ICA) and the BC Health Coalition (BCHC).…Read More

Town Hall on National Seniors Strategy

May 8, 2015 - 10:00 am

On Friday, May 8 in South Surrey Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre and Federal Liberal Health Critic will host a Town Hall meeting on a National Seniors Strategy. At present, there is no comprehensive national strategy for seniors care. This meeting will be an opportunity to share your priorities for such a strategy. As one of the organizations presenting at the town hall meeting, the BC Health Coalition will be sharing important seniors care research, and their priorities for a national seniors' strategy.…Read More

About one-third of B.C. seniors in long-term care prescribed antipsychotic drugs, advocate finds

Erin Ellis | The Vancouver Sun  A report released today by B.C.’s Seniors Advocate says 34 per cent of care home residents are prescribed antipsychotic medications although only three per cent of that group have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorder. That’s down from the 50 per cent of long-term care residents on antipsychotic drugs recorded in a Ministry of Health report from 2011.…Read More

BC Budget leaves province unprepared for looming federal health care cuts

VICTORIA (.pdf version) - The BC Health Coalition says that the 2015 budget fails to plan for the looming federal health care cuts and lacks the leadership needed to care for the province's aging population. "B.C. is facing a 5 billion dollar cut to health care under the federal government's new funding formula and this budget leaves us unprepared," says BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget.…Read More

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