Following a report from the B.C. Seniors Advocate, BC Liberal Seniors Critic and MLA for Coquitlam – Burke Mountain MLA Joan Isaacs is calling on the BC NDP to enact provisions passed by the previous BC Liberal government.
“Our government made changes to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act that would allow many seniors to age at home rather than in care homes,” stated Isaacs. “We made the changes, the NDP just have to proclaim them, and for the sake of our senior population they should do so.”
The Advocate’s report states that B.C. has the oldest senior population in the country and that better support for caregivers could help more seniors stay at home as they age. The report estimates that 15 to 20 per cent of B.C. seniors in long-term care facilities could have been cared for at home if given proper supports.
“Seniors deserve to be taken care of at home if possible,” said Isaacs. “We need to ensure family caregivers have the proper support to care for their loved ones, and our government already did the hard work to make that happen.”