SE­NIORS IN CARE CITE LACK OF CON­NEC­TIONS

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Bri­tish Columbia’s se­niors ad­vo­cate says half the se­niors liv­ing in pro­vin­cial res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­i­ties rate their qual­ity of care as good or ex­cel­lent, but al­most as many say they don’t have any friends to do any­thing with in their fa­cil­ity. Iso­bel Macken­zie, pic­tured, re­leased a land­mark re­port Fri­day billed as the largest sur­vey of its kind in Canada of el­derly peo­ple liv­ing in B.C.’s res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­i­ties. She says the two-year project in­volved 22,000 peo­ple liv­ing in such fa­cil­i­ties and makes eight rec­om­men­da­tions af­ter con­duct­ing thou­sands of in­ter­views with se­niors. Macken­zie says many se­niors say they want more flex­i­bil­ity in their lives, in­clud­ing less reg­u­lated meal times and in­creased in­ter­ac­tions with others. The re­port con­cludes only 57 per cent of res­i­dents re­port the care fa­cil­ity reg­u­larly feels like home.

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