The Hospital Employees’ Union says the province’s plan to put money into senior care is the step in the right direction.
On Thursday B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake announced $500-million over four years towards seniors’ care.
The money comes from previously announced Ministry of Health funding commitments in Budget 2017, and the recently inked federal health accord.
Jennifer Whiteside with the Hospital Employees’ Union says the funding will open up 1,500 positions for the residential care system over four years, with 900 being care aids.
“Our members are struggling to meet the needs of residents. We’ve been in a situation where nine out of 10 care homes haven’t been funded to meet government’s own staffing guidelines.”
Whiteside says she wants to make sure every cent goes towards those who need it.
“There are clear accountability and monitoring mechanisms put in place to ensure that new money that goes into the system actually winds up at front-line care, winds up providing front line care and isn’t diverted to profit or administration.”
She the extra funding means residents will get an average of more than three hours of direct care per day.