Monitoring Seniors Services
The Monitoring Seniors Services report focuses on key services in the province that fall under the Advocate’s legislated mandate. It highlights where seniors’ needs are being met and where improvements are most needed. Access to health care, appropriate housing, adequate transportation, enough income to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and medicines and protection from abuse and neglect are key to the health and well-being of seniors.
This report, first published in 2015, is updated each year reflecting the latest information available. Monitoring Seniors Services 2021 is the 7th edition and focuses on 2020/21 data.
Current report highlights:
- The overall health of B.C. seniors has remained relatively stable over the last five years. 42% of seniors are either healthy or have a low-complexity condition such as asthma, while 19% live with high-complexity conditions, and 6% have been diagnosed with dementia.
- Emergency department visits and hospitalizations for those over 65 dropped by 9% and 7% respectively, and there was a decrease of 28% in days spent in alternate level of care.
- There was an 87% decline in Adult Day Program clients and 96% reduction in Adult Day Program days due to the program’s suspension during the pandemic.
- Over the past five years the number of subsidized, registered assisted living units have decreased by 3%, and private assisted living units have decreased by 26%.
- There was a 37% decrease in long-term care residents waiting to transfer to their preferred facility, demonstrating more seniors are living in their preferred facility.
- The proportion of long-term care residents taking antipsychotics increased by 7%.
- Over the last 5 years, the number of seniors subsidized housing units per 1,000 population 55+ has decreased 14%.
- The average monthly income of Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) recipients is $1,675, their average rent is $1,052 and the average rent subsidy provided is $199 per month. The average subsidy dropped by 4% in the last year.
- There was a 6% increase in seniors accessing GIS and a 4% increase in seniors accessing the B.C. Senior’s Supplement.