Statement from the President of BC Care Providers Association

(Burnaby, B.C.) March 30, 2017 – In response to the termination of the contract for 20 assisted living suites at the Terraces on 7th, an assisted living residence, the Board of Directors of the BC Care Providers Association (“the Board”) has taken action to prevent future sudden terminations and evictions.

The Board has struck an Assisted Living Tenancy Task Force (“the Task Force”) to review this matter and provide recommendations. The Task Force will report back with their recommendations within 60 days.

The Task Force is comprised of leading members of the seniors care sector, including:

  • Tom Crump, longstanding member of the sector, and recipient of the 2017 Ed Helfrich Long Service Award (Task Force Chair)
  • Ann-Marie Leijen, Chair of BCCPA Quality Improvement Committee
  • Ron Pike, Chair of BCCPA Membership Services Committee

The Task Force has invited representation from both Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health Authorities.

As part of the Task Force’s work, they will consult with B.C.’s assisted living providers, seniors and their family members. The Task Force’s final recommendations will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

Terraces on 7th have indicated their full support of the work of the Task Force. In addition, the company has agreed to terms with VCHA to keep their contract in place with VCHA for the full 5-year term ending March 2019.

As the leading voice for seniors care in British Columbia, the BC Care Providers Association holds itself and its membership to a high standard for those in care, and the families who depend upon our support.

On behalf of our board and our membership, I would like to sincerely apologize to the residents at Terraces on 7th and their family members for the anxiety and disruption they have experienced. We must have the public’s confidence that we will provide excellent care for our frail and elderly loved ones.

Signed,

Karen Baillie
President, BC Care Providers Association

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