SENIORS IN CARE CITE LACK OF CONNECTIONS
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.