In the News: Helping to close the gap

June 12th, 2015

Better at Home strives to provide seniors a hand with simple day-to-day tasks in the non-medical spectrum to help close the gap on home care support for seniors.

There has been some news coverage recently about the important issue of cutbacks to home care supports for seniors. Cutbacks in hours and the changes in the range of duties for home support workers were discussed in a Vancouver Sun article this May.

According to the June 3rd Living Up to the Promise report released by the BC Health Coalition, basic home support services such as assistance with meal preparation, bathing, and medication management are more difficult to access for older adults, particularly those with more moderate needs

While Better at Home is not a replacement for these cut backs to home care and support services, the provincial program is an important part of the spectrum of seniors services. Many of the services covered in these reports relate to personal care or are medical in nature, thereby falling outside of the mandate of Better at Home.  However, as a key part of the fabric of services woven together to support seniors? independence, Better at Home strives to provide seniors a hand with simple day-to-day tasks in the non-medical spectrum.  Better at Home also strives to work with other seniors service providers to reduce service duplication, improve integration of services, and thereby improve seniors? abilities to remain independent at home.