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B.C. seniors to get the hours of care they need as funding and staffing increased

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Office of the Premier

B.C. seniors to get the hours of care they need as funding and staffing increased

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Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)
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Media Contacts
Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Ministry of Health
Communications
250 952-1887 (media line)

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Staffing levels in residential care homes in B.C.

With the additional funding provided to health authorities in 2018-19, over a million hours of care for seniors in residential care homes will be added: 

  • Fraser Health will add 556,000 hours
  • Vancouver Coastal will add 269,000 hours
  • Island Health will add 165,000 hours
  • Interior Health will add 161,000 hours
  • Northern Health will add 35,000 hours

From April to June, 2018, almost 270,000 hours of direct care, of the million, were added for seniors in residential care: 

  • Fraser Health added 136,500 hours
  • Vancouver Coastal Health added 67,800 hours
  • Island Health added 37,600 hours
  • Interior Health added 21,000 hours
  • Northern Health added 6,400 hours

In 2018-19, 183 facilities in B.C. received a portion of the $48.4 million in additional funding: 

  • Fraser Health received $24 million for 67 facilities  
  • Vancouver Coastal received $11 million for 31 facilities
  • Island Health received $6.4 million for 35 facilities
  • Interior Health received $5.4 million for 32 facilities
  • Northern Health received $1.6 million for 18 facilities

In 2018-19, health authorities are expected to reach the following average care hours per resident day:

  • Fraser Health: 3.22 hours 
  • Vancouver Coastal: 3.14 hours
  • Island Health: 3.23 hours
  • Interior Health: 3.31 hours
  • Northern Health: 3.53 hours

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