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More home support a must for seniors: Times Colonist reports

The Times Colonist reported that BC’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie remarked home support might be the single most important thing when it comes to keeping seniors safe and well.

“We are not utilizing home support to the extent that we should,” said MacKenzie in a press teleconference on Tuesday during the release of her annual 2016 Monitoring Report on Seniors Services. “It follows a pattern we saw last year: In both years, this year and last, the number of hours delivered fell well short of the population increase.”

The report indicated that home support hours are not keeping up with our aging population, noting that even just to maintain the same level of service, the number of home support hours need to be increased.

This underscores the importance and urgency of your union’s campaign: Seniors Deserve Better. Together, let’s bring this issue to the forefront as we move closer to the provincial election in May. We must pressure the BC Liberal government to invest more resources into home support so that seniors are properly supported and can stay in their homes as long as possible.

Seniors deserve to live with dignity in their homes and communities. Visit Seniors Deserve Better to learn more.