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Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released an update report today confirming that caregiver distress is rising in B.C. while supports and services are not keeping pace with growing need.The report, Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem, is an update to a 2015 report that indicated 29% of unpaid caregivers are experiencing symptoms of distress such as …

Moving In the Right Direction: HandyDART Survey Results

BC’s Seniors Advocate released results of a province-wide survey of almost 7,500 HandyDART users in the province today. The survey highlights that while 91% of users are satisfied with the service when they receive it, almost 1/3 of respondents say it is not meeting, or only moderately meeting, their transportation needs. Highlights from the survey …

Making Progress: Placement, Drugs and Therapy Update

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released an update today to the report Placement, Drugs and Therapy…We Can Do Better released by the Office of the Seniors Advocate in April 2015. The progress report highlights that some improvements are being made in the provisions of rehabilitative therapies to seniors in residential care, as well as the use of …

Listening to your voice: Home support survey results

The Office of the Seniors Advocate releases results from the comprehensive home support survey conducted last year. This report presents the collective voice of almost 10,000 home support clients and their family members who responded to our survey. View the news releaseView the reportView the complete results 

Resident to Resident Aggression in B.C. Care Homes

The Office of the Seniors Advocate releases its review of incidents of resident to resident aggression in B.C.’s licensed residential care facilities. The review gathered and examined data from a variety of sources, including Health Authorities, reporting systems, and facilities themselves. Read the reportRead the news releaseView the presentationAudio transcript of news conference

Caregivers in Distress: More Respite Needed

This report on respite programs found that one-third of unpaid caregivers in B.C. are in distress, one of the highest rates in Canada. Respite is one of the most fundamental supports and is offered to B.C. caregivers through three provincially funded programs. However, as the report details, there are major gaps in the way respite is offered …

Seniors’ Housing in B.C.: Affordable, Appropriate, Available

The report highlights that 93% of seniors are living independently, and the help they need is mostly financial. Among the 18 recommendations in the report, Mackenzie proposes a bold new initiative to help senior homeowners afford to stay at home, calls for increases to rent subsidies for seniors, demands a commitment from the province to …

Placement, Drugs and Therapy…We Can Do Better

The report documents findings from the Advocate’s first high-level review of health assessment records of B.C.’s 25,000 seniors in residential care and 29,000 seniors receiving home care. Three systemic issues of immediate concern were found: Up to 15% of B.C. seniors who are living in residential care may be incorrectly housed. While 47% of residential …

B.C. Seniors Survey: Bridging the Gaps

In late 2014, the Seniors Advocate surveyed seniors’ knowledge and awareness of a range of programs and grants designed to support them, including the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER), Medical Service Plan Premium Assistance, Fair Pharmacare, Property Tax Deferment Program, Home Adaptations for Independence and the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) programs. Across the …

The Journey Begins: Together, We Can Do Better

This first report by the Seniors Advocate reflects the initial findings after meeting and talking with thousands of seniors, their family members, service providers and other stakeholders across British Columbia over the past six months. The report highlights seniors’ concerns about housing, transportation, income supports, residential care, home support and a pervasive culture of ageism …