Fraser Health CEO Commits to Better Care for Seniors

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Fraser Health President and CEO Michael Marchbank recently announced a commitment to “Better care for our seniors.”

In a letter published earlier this month on the Fraser Health website, President and CEO Michael Marchbank, commits to improving seniors care.

Marchbank announced that in Abbotsford, Langley and Mission, Fraser Health will be partnering with family doctors and other not-for-profit services to deliver seamless care and services to better support seniors.

“In partnership with family doctors and community organizations, we will provide more services in the community to help seniors avoid or delay the onset of frailty, admission to residential care and visits to the Emergency room,” says Marchbank in his letter. “Seniors want to access services in their communities so they can remain independent as long as possible. However, Fraser Health can deliver only a portion of the services they need – to do it right, we must collaborate with other service organizations, and with seniors themselves.”

The letter also notes that “re-focusing many of our resources on seniors care in the community will allow seniors to have more productive lives and have a higher quality of life – something we should all care about.”

The letter from Marchbank follows a news release published on the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) website in February where BCCPA CEO Daniel Fontaine voiced his support for Fraser Health’s decision to transfer health dollars from acute to community care.

“Moving health investments out of acute care facilities and into the community is long overdue and will particularly benefit the frail elderly in the Fraser Valley,” says Fontaine. “We’ve known for decades that our population is ageing and the time to move resources to support seniors care is now. I’m hopeful this will pave the way for other health authorities to follow the lead of the Fraser Health Region and realign their priorities in order to produce better health outcomes for seniors.”

Click here to read the full article from the Fraser Health website.

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View Fraser Health’s “Seniors Care in Fraser Health” video below.