Last chance to let Minister Dix hear from you on seniors care

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Your voice deserves to be heard around seniors' care but you haven't signed up to call for Better Care For Seniors. You've already told us you want an end to for-profit long-term care and to expand publicly funded home support so more seniors can stay at home longer. Now you need to let Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, know that and to share your seniors care story with him.

This is your last chance to sign up below to send a postcard to Minister Dix.

SIGN UP HERE TO SEND A POSTCARD TO MINISTER DIX
  1. Once you sign up you will receive a free specially designed postcard.
  2. Write your personal story or your concerns about seniors care on the postcard.
  3. Mail it directly to the Minister of Health.

We are once again at a crossroads in BC around seniors'... care. As Covid-19 brought national attention to the conditions in long term care, the BC government enacted a single site order to limit transmission across long-term care (LTC) facilities. A central component of this order was wage levelling between facilities to make sure staff at all facilities were compensated at industry standard rates so they could deliver high standards of care across public, non-profit, and for-profit facilities. This wage levelling was only necessary because for-profit LTC operators have long been using public funds meant for staffing to increase their profit margins. In fact once wage levelling was required, for-profit LTC operators pressured the BC government to give them an additional top-up – amounting to $165 million a year. This corporate subsidy continues today.

This about profit. Not-for-profit and for-profit LTC facilities receive the same public funding for staffing, which is calculated to pay the unionized and industry standard rates. Yet for-profit long-term care homes have been found to pay care aides up to 28% less than their not-for-profit LTC counterparts. This has led to high turnover and chronic understaffing at for-profit LTC facilities and seniors have paid with their lives and health.

Instead of corporate subsidy, those same public funds should be used to reinvest into our seniors care system for now and the future. Demand the Minister of Health follow through with his commitment to hold for-profit LTC’s accountable for the public funds they receive.

Sign up to receive a postcard from us HERE on which you can write your own story to share with the Minister of Health. We will be closing submissions so we can start sending out postcards soon so this is your last chance to sign up.

Your voice is powerful so let's join together in making sure we demand Better Care for Seniors.

Usman Mushtaq, Coordinator
BC Health Coalition
http://www.bchealthcoalition.ca/

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