Seniors Advocate Report

Isobel Mackenzie, The Seniors Advocate for the Province of BC, has just released Report #3, April 2015, entitled “Placement, Drugs and Therapy … We Can Do Better”.

It can be accessed at https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/10/SA-Placement-Drugs-Therapy-Report.pdf

Isobel points out that BC has over 25,000 seniors living in residential care (339 publicly-funded residential care facilities) and 29,000 receiving home care. The report highlights three majors areas of concern – referred to as “systemic issues”:

  • inappropriate placement in residential care of higher functioning seniors who could live more independently with changes to home care and assisted living;
  • the overuse of both antipsychotics and antidepressants in residential care;
  • the significant gap in the level of rehabilitative therapies in B.C. residential care facilities relative to other provinces.

As Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie will be working with service providers to improve this situation and welcomes feedback from seniors and their family members. Her office can be contacted at 250-952-3181 in Victoria, or toll-free 1-877-952-3181 during business hours.