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Province supports seniors living independent, healthy lives at home

BC Gov News (Health): Updated on March 14, 2024ーThe excerpt of the article.

The province has announced a plan to allocate more than $354 million for both community-based seniors’ services and home health services over three years in the 2024 fiscal budget. This plan includes adding more than 900 new health-care providers and increasing the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions for specialized services in the community by over 400, along with over 500 FTE positions for home support workers. This will result in an increase in nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and home support workers, enabling comprehensive and prompt care for seniors’ individuals requiring home healthcare.


Additionally, programs offering non-medical support services, including daily life assistance, will be strengthened. Specifically, through the Better at Home program, support such as grocery shopping and household chores will be provided. Furthermore, community-based seniors programs will receive expanded funding, enhancing programs like the Family and Friends Caregiver Support Program and the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors(TAPS). These initiatives aim to provide caregivers with support and knowledge to navigate the healthcare system while enhancing their own well-being.


Moreover, TAPS will offer proactive outreach through daily and weekly phone calls, transportation to and from programs, nutritious meals, exercise programs, and recreational and educational activities to support participants' physical and mental health, enabling continued engagement in the community.


These efforts underscore the importance of community-based seniors’ services, encompassing non-medical home support services and health promotion programs. They aim to enhance seniors’ individuals' ability to live independently at home for longer periods while maintaining connections with their communities. Additionally, the expansion of community connector positions and the promotion of community collaboration will further support seniors’ individuals in accessing appropriate services in the future.

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