In an endorsement even they describe as “counterintuitive,” the BC Care Providers Association says it supports the Fraser Health Authority’s move to close 80 acute care beds.
The authority plans to put some of the money saved from those closures toward community care instead.
But it does, on the surface, sound like the same rationale to close the Riverview home for the mentally ill back in the 1980s and 90s, which left some clients to fend for themselves in the community.
But BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine says their own research staff will keep track of how seniors are coping.
“We actually can track right to the bed how much is funded and we also track very closely the supports in home care, so we’ll be watching very closely over the next year or so.”
The group says 4,400 new care spaces could be saved over the next five years.