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 care clients are being prescribed antidepressant medications, only 24% of these clients have actually been assessed as experiencing depression.
- There is a significant lack of rehabilitative therapies in B.C.’s residential care facilities compared to Alberta and Ontario.
These findings demonstrate that more work is needed to better serve seniors.