There should be better access to palliative care for people in their final days, but some will want to end the inevitable progress of a disease or condition. We should respect that decision.
There is no commitment in the BC budget to improve staffing levels or to take other actions which would provide a more dignified standard of care for B.C. seniors requiring residential care services.
Death used to be a regular feature of everyday life, but today in Canada, it's largely reserved for old age or unexpected events. How can ensure that well-being extends to the last chapters of life?
The new fees undermine the human rights of persons with disabilities and seniors in this province and will hit those least able to afford it the hardest.
David J. Climenhaga
Seniors' care in Alberta belongs in the public sector -- which is transparent, accountable, treats residents and employees with decency and dignity, and delivers better service at a better price.
The provincial government's stated goal is to support seniors as they age to live well in their own homes and communities. What is missing is strong leadership to make this goal a reality.
85,000 residents in long-term care homes and another 24,000 frail seniors on a wait-list for a nursing home bed will be adversely affected by cuts to health care funding.
Living on a tiny pension and taking care of my 92-year-old father, I go unpaid, unseen and unacknowledged by the wider world -- particularly the government.
We need to support each other so the vulnerable of every generation will not be neglected by the state. Together we have more power to influence this.
The B.C. government’s fee increases for people living in long-term care facilities, which came into effect on January 1, 2010, have hurt residents and family members and it will only get worse.