Helping seniors stay in their homes independently
Driving forward, Today's BC Liberals will:
- Create a new Active Seniors Tax Credit to support and promote seniors leading active healthy lifestyles.
- Create a new Respite Tax Credit for people caring for seniors or family members with disabilities.
- Double the Home Renovation Tax Credit to $20,000 to make home improvements to accommodate seniors or family members with disabilities.
- Invest $225 million to reduce surgical wait times for elective surgeries - with no impact on emergency surgeries.
Respect and quality care for seniors
Giving support to seniors to stay at home as long as possible is the right thing to do. We will increase the length of home support visits and expand the scope of services provided - helping seniors stay in their homes longer, reducing stress on family friends and other unpaid caregivers.
Seniors who move into residential care can expect increased support and more accountability from providers and their staff, so they receive the high-quality, dignified relationship-based care they deserve. We will conduct a review to establish and maintain safe staffing levels that aren't disrupted by contracting out or contract flipping.
We'll develop an all-party Select Standing Committee on Seniors. This committee will be tasked with refreshing the Council on Aging and Seniors' 2006 Report, making recommendations to the Legislature and monitoring and reporting on the implementation of those recommendations.
Supporting seniors and providing quality end-of-life care
As the number of seniors in BC rises, so the pressures on the health care and long-term care systems increase. In BC, seniors are generally healthy and independent as they age. According to the 2nd Annual Report of the Office of the Senior's Advocate, only 10% of seniors (88,900) are frail and require residential care, palliative care, or supports for daily living. However, while those with age-related, health concerns account for less than 2% of the provincial population, they consume 35% of all services.
A B.C. Green Government will:
- Invest $35 million over four years in home care to enable seniors and other people who need assistance to stay in their own homes.
- Act to ensure the staffing of public and private care homes meets government guidelines, and will provide an additional $200 million over four years to address staffing levels in public facilities.
- Develop a Medical Assisted in Dying (MAiD) Strategy that supports training for physicians and nurses who wish to provide medically assisted dying services and ensures patients receive services in appropriate time frame and in appropriate settings.
The YPP will ensure all elderly people receive adequate car, focus on home-based care in order to keep costs down and allow seniors to be as independent as possible, encourage the development of small group care facilities where seniors can live together helping each other lead a fulfilling life and provide provincial tax incentives for families who care for their parents.
Look after BC's seniors
We need to honour the seniors who made this country and help them in their golden years. As much as possible, we should help them stay in their own homes, utilizing family care workers and volunteers where we can. In end-of-life situations, we should provide compassionate palliative care (comfort care) NOT euthanasia.
BC Citizens First
Support senior citizen accommodation by creating a Residential Care Infrastructure Fund of $100 million over three years for the immediate renewal and replacement of older residential care homes. Investing $5 million per annum in education and training to address current chronic labor shortages in seniors care. Allocating $2 million per year to launch a new Care Credits program which provides seniors [or the family members that care for them] the option to select the service provider of their choice.