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It's time to show leadership on home support

B.C. is failing to support seniors in their homes. The system that is supposed to help seniors age at home with dignity is at a breaking point and right now the Ministry of Health is feeling the pressure as multiple news sites cover the issue. Health Minister Terry Lake needs to hear from British Columbians that is it time to put an end to the years of underfunding and lack of provincial leadership that has brought our home care system to this point.
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Health Minister Terry Lake <hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca>
Deputy Minister of Health <hlth.dmoffice@gov.bc.ca>
BC Health Critic Judy Darcy <judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca>
BC Ombudsperson <info@bcombudsperson.ca>
BC Seniors Advocate <info@seniorsadvocatebc.ca>
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It's time to show leadership on home support

B.C. is failing to support seniors in their homes.

The system that is supposed to help seniors age at home with dignity is at a breaking point and right now the Ministry of Health is feeling the pressure as multiple news sites cover the issue.

The joint report, Living Up to the Promise, released yesterday by the BC Health Coalition and Integrated Advocacy Group shows that underfunding home support services comes with a high price: seniors are unsupported, family caregivers overburdened, and costly hospital services are overcrowded because seniors can't get the integrated community-based care they and their families need.

Health Minister Terry Lake needs to hear from British Columbians that is it time to put an end to the years of underfunding and lack of provincial leadership that has brought our home care system to this point.

Can you send an email to Minister Lake demanding he implement the recommendations that he has heard from the Auditor General in 2008, the BC Ombudsperson in 2012, the report we and ICA released yesterday and his own strategic policy framework?

As the number of seniors continues to grow, It is time for the BC Government to develop a plan to ensure seniors can remain as independent and socially engaged as possible. Living Up to the Promise recommends the Ministry of Health provide the funding for home support required to increase staffing levels, teamwork and training to ensure that seniors can stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

This funding should be based on a ten-year plan for a home support delivery system that provides high quality, cost effective services, includes family caregivers, and supports seniors to better manage their chronic physical and mental health challenges.


BC Seniors and their families need, and deserve, better care. Send a message now.

 

To learn more about home support in BC, download Living Up to the Promise here.