With almost $786 Million of the $1.4 Billion dollar health accord being invested into Home and Community Care throughout the province, the CEO of the B.C. Care Providers Association says this is good news for seniors.
Daniel Fontaine says, while the money still needs to be negotiated with how it will be spent, there are some key areas that need support.
“Providing for additional dollars for direct care hours, to make sure that when you’re in a long term care home that there is a standard of at least three point three six direct care hours per day per senior, that’s something that we think those dollars could help go towards, in addition to that, we’ve been advocating that the minimum home care visit, which is currently 15 minutes, be increased to 30 minutes.”
“It’s very challenging, when we talk to care aids and staff who are coming in and out of homes, you barely have time to take off your shoes and jacket and before you know it, you’re off to your next visit.”
Fontaine says to strengthen senior care, the BCCPA made 30 recommendations to the government in January.
He was a guest on the CKNW Steele and Drex show.