Continuing Care Sector Front and Centre

BC’s continuing care sector will be the focus of attention this week as two major events are set to take place involving Minister Terry Lake. On Wednesday morning, the BCCPA has been invited to attend and present at a major meeting of representatives delivering seniors care throughout the province. Well over 100 participants from the health authorities and key stakeholder will be gathered to outline and debate potential new models of care.The event spans two days and will include a series of roundtable discussions and an opportunity for those gathered to map out a new pathway for seniors care.

Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health
Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health

Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BCCPA, will be on stage Wednesday morning to present his vision for the future of the continuing care sector. Fontaine will be speaking immediately following both Minister Lake and Deputy Minister Stephen Brown.

“Being asked to present is a great opportunity for the BCCPA to represent our members at such a significant policy event,” says Fontaine. “I’m hoping to take many of the ideas and innovations we incorporated into our recent policy paper and present them as a viable option for consideration.”

BCCPA president Elaine Price will also be in attendance. The event is a follow-up from a two-day meeting that took place in the spring which focused on a series of policy papers released by the Ministry of Health which helped to shape the discussion.

Fontaine Has Fireside Chat with Minister Lake

Immediately following Fontaine’s presentation at the Ministry of Health dialogue, he will head over to the Pan Pacific Hotel for the 3rd Annual Minister’s Lunch. Well over 400 representatives from the seniors care and seniors living sector will be in attendance.

The Minister will be providing a keynote address followed by a “fireside chat” with Fontaine. Attendees will be encouraged to pull out their smartphones and use pigeon hole technology to pose questions.

“Last year the Minister used this as an opportunity to announce a review of the BC Care Aide Registry,” says Fontaine. “We hope he’ll provide us with an update on next steps regarding the review as well as speak about the new BC Continuing Care Collaborative.

Check back here this week for a full summary of both major events.