Legislation changes will allow B.C. seniors to live more independently: advocate

By The Canadian Press
March 7, 2016 - 3:33pm

VICTORIA — Health Minister Terry Lake says he wants to give British Columbia seniors more options to live independently or without being moved into full-time residential care facilities.

Lake says he’s introducing changes to legislation so seniors have more options to live in their homes or receive reduced levels of care in assisted-care arrangements.

The government announced in its recent throne speech that it will modernize community care and assisted living.

Lake says many seniors transfer to full-time residential care homes because of existing care regulations based on services including medication and hygiene needs but more flexibility would allow them to live independently longer.

Seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie says removing current barriers would increase assisted and independent living options for elderly people

Mackenzie says a report from her office found that many seniors were being transferred to residential care facilities sooner than necessary.

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