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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

Ombudsperson, Seniors Advocate to speak at sold out seniors care conference Friday; overwhelming response indicates strong appetite for change

VANCOUVER -  Media are welcome to attend tomorrow's sold out conference: System Change for Seniors Care. BC's Ombudsperson Kim Carter and Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie will both speak about their roles in improving seniors' care. Afternoon sessions will address residential care, home support, poverty and other key issues. The conference is co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition.…Read More

Taking action on seniors care and support

December 10, 2012 - 09:15 am

An invitation from the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network, BC Health Coalition, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/Remaining Light Project Join us at a community forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter’s comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC’s home and community care system. Ms. Carter’s recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into “systemic issues” in seniors care in BC.  …Read More

Home Support Forum

February 6, 2014 - 07:00 pm

Join us at a community forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter’s comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC’s home and community care system. Ms. Carter’s recommendations were released February 14, 2012 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into “systemic issues” in seniors care in BC.  In the almost two years since the report was released the government has yet to fully implement one of the recommendations.…Read More

Shedding the Light on Seniors' Care

April 12, 2012 - 07:00 pm

Join us at a free public forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter's comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC's home and community care system. Ms. Carter's recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into "systemic issues" in seniors care in BC. The purpose of the forum is not to come to one common understanding or analysis of the Ombudsperson's report, or the government's response to it, but rather to learn more and discuss ideas in an open dialogue.…Read More

The Ombudsperson’s Report on Seniors Care in BC – Building a Community-Based Response

March 5, 2012 - 02:45 pm

An invitation from the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network, BC Health Coalition, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/Remaining Light Project Join us at a community forum March 5 to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter's comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC's home and community care system. Ms. Carter's recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into "systemic issues" in seniors care in BC.…Read More

B.C. budget 2014: 'Boring, balanced budget' MSP premiums, tobacco tax to rise, while first-time homebuyers will get some help

By Jenni Sheppard, CBC News Posted: Feb 18, 2014 2:51 PM PT (excerpt)..."MSP premiums rise for 6th time: Medical Services Plan premiums will increase by four per cent, taking the cost for the average family up to $144 per month. Meanwhile, de Jong said, health-care spending will increase $2.5 billion over three years, and will account for 42 per cent of government expenses by 2016-17. "This is significantly less than would have been the case just a few years ago when health-care budgets were increasing by up to five per cent year on year.…Read More

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