DELTA — Kim Carter, B.C.’s ombudsperson, will be in Delta on Wednesday to give a progress report.
She will be speaking about what has been done so far to implement the recommendations in her report, “The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia.” The report was released in early 2012 and contains 143 findings and 176 recommendations to the Ministry of Health in areas of home care and community care, home support, assisted living and residential care.
“The Best of Care” provides a roadmap to quality, efficiency and accountability for health care for seniors to meet the challenges currently facing the health-care system.
Among the actions taken by the Ministry of Health and health authorities, as of Carter’s June report, health authorities are now require staff to report abused and neglect; substantiated assisted living complaints have been made available online; the ministry has completed a review of the use of anti-psychotic drugs in residential care facilities and released a best practice guideline; and a Provincial End of Life Care Action Plan has been released for planning integrated primary and community care services, including ensuring that end of life care choices are respected by health-care providers.
A full list of developments is available at www.ombudsman.bc.ca.
To learn more about the progress on implementation of recommendations to improve seniors care, the public is invited to attend an Afternoon with Kim Carter, B.C. Ombudsperson, on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at South Delta Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall-Fireside), 1988 56th St., Tsawwassen. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. To reserve your spot, call Lynn at 604-946-9526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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