LETTER – More funding isn’t necessarily the cure for what ails seniors’ care

(BC Care Providers Association, Facebook)

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in “for profit” or even “non-profit” facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which, according to the Health Minister, was to be used to increase staff levels. Did that happen? No. Most of that revenue was given to for-profits who chose to make their stockholders happy rather than their residents. And dare I point out that for all their complaining, both for- and non-profits still manage to come up with enough money to buy or build more facilities.

Will more money increase staff levels? Without restrictions on the use of public funding, no. Will more money make an incompetent manager more diligent in oversight of their employees performance? No. Will more money change the lack of enforcement of the regulations? No. The current system of enforcement causes neglect because the most common penalty for non-compliance is no more than a written warning, over and over again.

The most effective way to ensure a better quality of care for our seniors is to restrict public funding and enforce compliance with fines and penalties. And these are the two main factors that our government refuses to acknowledge.


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2 Comments on LETTER – More funding isn’t necessarily the cure for what ails seniors’ care

  1. One of the most common reasons for understaffing and/or for any other complaints clients have is the fear of reprisal once the complaint is investigated, presumably by the well paid and well situated staff of the overseer of Assisted Living, no one ever hears of this position or those investigations, I’m sure they do happen but not coming from the average elderly occupant living in subsidised Assisted Living homes, whose very happiness rests upon NOT making waves, it would take a very confident aged person to face this situation and I can assure you, having worked in the situation, that only one of a hundred would lay a complaint and that having done so would lead to not so subtle reprisal which arrives in many forms, and the support would NOT come from the other tenants who are doing their best to remain under the radar. Upon admission (and theoretically) Assisted Living is run for the sole benefit of the client, it is THEIR home and they contribute to the overall tone, once there is a disgruntled client, all others run for cover and by dinnertime the complainant is on her own.

    • -This isn’t pretty in the care for the weakest of members of our society: It says, ‘Our value to your contribution in and throughout your life is…nil.’

      Very sad and disheartening to say the least…

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