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Entries Tagged as 'seniors'

Why wheelchair fees are not ‘fair’ and what they say about the state of seniors care in BC

July 5th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Health care, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

The recent announcement of a $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions has been unpopular – particularly given the simultaneous announcement of pay raises for top government political staff. Premier Clark has since withdrawn the promise of pay raises, except for her […]

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Getting it Wrong For Seniors in British Columbia

September 27th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Health care, Law & legal issues, Privatization, P3s & public services

Seniors and their families need and should have access to useful information when they are making critical decisions about residential care and throughout the period of residence in facilities. – BC Ombudsperson, The Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 1) Mass replacement of staff can occur when facility operators switch […]

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“Mass staff replacements” in seniors’ care: impacts and solutions

February 16th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Health care

Deep in the second volume of the BC Ombudsperson’s recently-released second report on seniors’ care, is an interesting and important discussion about large-scale staff replacements and other substantial changes at residential care facilities. Under the current legislative framework governing most care facilities for seniors, a facility operator must notify its regional medical health officer four months […]

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Why young children’s education and care are not priorities in this election

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Women

It seems clear that policy-makers in this province (and country, for that matter) are not prepared to invest in a quality early education and childcare system, despite the proven benefits for children. The reasons have got to be political, as the economic case for investing in early childhood education and care has already been made […]

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A Framework for Enhancing Home Support in BC

May 4th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Health care

Home support is an important element of the broader home and community care system, which unfortunately tends to get overlooked in many health care discussions. Home support serves an important dual purpose: it improves the quality of life of vulnerable citizens by allowing them to continue living independently in their own homes and it enables […]

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Seniors' care concerns should be taken seriously in this election

May 1st, 2009 · · Comments Off · Health care

Access to residential care beds for seniors was dubbed “an election hotspot” by CTV early last week, and for good reasons. The party that forms government after May’s election will have to deal with the pressures that the aging population would put on the already strained system of seniors’ care in BC. Fundamentally, providing an […]

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Your government cares about seniors (in up to five communities across the province)

April 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Health care

This is the message that the Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Mary Polak sent out yesterday with the announcement of a new partnership between the government and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. As part of this partnership, the government will spend $700,000 to fund what sounds like a broad-based community consultation with […]

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