Health Minister Terry Lake

Assisted living rules to be eased

Health Minister Terry Lake says changes to 'rigid regulations' coming on advice of BC Seniors' Advocate

B.C. is preparing to make it easier for seniors to stay in assisted living longer before moving to more costly residential care.

Health Minister Terry Lake said amendments will be presented in the current legislature session in response to recommendations by Seniors’ Advocate Isobel Mackenzie.

“One of the things she has found is that sometimes people are inappropriately placed in residential care when they could be in assisted living longer.” Lake said. “We have somewhat rigid regulations around who can stay in assisted living before they have to move on to residential care.”

Mackenzie’s January report also found that home care worker hours declined in 2014-15 in three of five health regions, Northern Health, Vancouver Island and Vancouver Coastal, despite increasing senior populations.

She said reductions in meal preparation, bathing and housekeeping can also lead to seniors moving from their homes to care facilities.

 

Just Posted

Trail police looking for male suspect driving red van

RCMP report the man asked a young boy to get in his vehicle

Four fires still burning in West Kootenay

More than 25 fires were started by lightning in the last week.

Castlegar police seek dawn home intruder

Man walked into house at 4 a.m., asks son about mother

Nuclear medicine temporarily suspended at KBRH

Upgrades expected to be in service by end of September

Kootenay Boundary emergency alert test coming Friday

RDKB emergency alerting system will be tested June 21 at 10:30 a.m.

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Most Read