Seniors in several Delta residential care homes will soon see benefits with increased staffing levels and care thanks to a provincial funding announcement.
On Tuesday, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix announced that $12.8 million in 2018/19 funding will be provided to residential care homes in Delta, Langley and Surrey.
The Delta facilities that are getting funded include: the Delta View Life Enrichment Centre ($590,000); KinVillage ($194,000); Northcrest Care Cerntre ($182,000) and West Shore Laylum ($246,000).
According to the health ministry, this initial overall investment starts year one of a three-year plan to increase the direct care seniors receive in residential care homes in these communities and around the province – to reach the target 3.36 care hours per-resident day, on average across health authorities, by 2021.
“This standard of care for long-term care residents was set over a decade ago and was not being achieved,” said Dix. “Under the plan that Premier John Horgan announced earlier this year, we are taking clear action towards meeting the target of 3.36 care hours per-resident day. Our government is delivering on our commitment to improve seniors’ care and have increased staffing for seniors’ care in the Lower Mainland, with approximately 288,000 more direct care hours to be provided in these three communities this fiscal year alone. It is clear action is being taken to meet this target.”
The more than $12.8-million investment in care hours for Delta, Langley and Surrey is part of the $48.4 million being allocated to health authorities in 2018-19 to fund over one million more hours of direct care throughout the province.
“People living in residential care and their families expect to receive the best day-to-day assistance possible. By making this investment, we are working to raise the quality of life seniors have in their residential care homes,” Dix said.