Tag: home support

EngAge BC has released a COVID-19: Toolkit for Home Health Operators

EngAge BC is announcing the release of a “COVID-19: Toolkit for Home Health Operators.” Developed with support and input from representatives from B.C.’s home health sector, the resource provides operators with best practices, templates and resources, to help navigate these challenging times. “We are pleased to support our home health members in this way, and […]

Seniors are waiting for home care to leave the hospital

On May 30th, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a report, Common Challenges, Shared Priorities, which spoke to how Canada’s health systems are faring when it comes to how many Canadians: are hospitalized because of harm caused by substance use; seek frequent emergency room (ER) care for help with mental health and/or addictions; […]

Home Health 101: Understanding how publicly-subsidized home care works in BC

With the controversy swirling around the BC government’s planned expropriation of home care staff into 3 health authorities in just over a year’s time, we have had a lot of questions about how publicly-subsidized home health works here today. The following provides a quick overview on this topic. What is home health care? Home health […]

Jim Mann calls upon the BC government to consult on home care sector changes

Last week BC Care Providers Association learned of the Government of B.C.’s decision to expropriate over 4,000 community health workers and move them into positions working for government. This decision had not been informed by consultations with the sector, or the seniors being served by B.C.’s non-government home support providers. This week, advocate Jim Mann […]

Hiring and retaining PSWs, a challenge in Ontario

A recent Ottawa Citizen article has brought attention to the recruitment and retention challenges facing Ontario’s home support sector. The story illustrates that while Personal Support Workers (often referred to as health care assistants, or home support workers in B.C.) are urgently needed given an aging population, they are also facing a series of challenges […]

The future of law and seniors care

Najeeb Hassan is a partner at the law corporation Roper Greyell. Given his lengthy and diverse history in labour, employment and human rights law in the workplace BCCPA has invited him to present on emerging issues to BCCPA’s home health members on June 26. Najeeb’s legal career includes serving as vice-chair of the BC Labour […]

Global Coalition on Aging releases report on relationship-based home care

On June 6 the Global Coalition on Aging released a report, Relationship-Based Home Care: A Sustainable Solution For Europe’s Elder Care Crisis. “Relationship-based home care offers a sustainable solution for the growing care needs across Europe and represents the highest-quality care in the home that we can offer our seniors,” said Michael W. Hodin, PhD, […]

Are preventative home health visits the answer to better health for seniors?

Could B.C. reduce overall health care costs by providing home health care visits to seniors who may not need them yet? This sounds like a counter-intuitive solution, but it may be one way to help seniors age in place. BCCPA’s most recent policy paper Health Begins at Home makes eight recommendations along four key themes: […]