Prov­ince un­veils long-term care help

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

Peo­ple in as­sisted-liv­ing res­i­dences will soon have more op­tions to stay longer and ac­cess more ser­vices to avoid be­ing pre­ma­turely moved into long-term care, says B.C.’s health min­is­ter.

The changes to the Com­mu­nity Care and As­sisted Liv­ing Act, an­nounced Wed­nes­day in New Westminste­r by Adrian Dix, will come into force on Dec. 1. The reg­u­la­tions will give peo­ple, in­clud­ing se­niors and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, the flex­i­bil­ity to stay in their com­mu­ni­ties longer.

“What this means is peo­ple will be able to live in as­sisted liv­ing longer and to con­tinue to pur­sue an in­de­pen­dent life longer,” Dix said.

Cur­rently, those in as­sist­edliv­ing fa­cil­i­ties must re­quire “two and only two” pre­scribed ser­vices, such as man­ag­ing med­i­ca­tion and pro­vi­sion of and mon­i­tor­ing ther­a­peu­tic di­ets, he said. Those re­quir­ing more sup­port – as­sis­tance with the ac­tiv­i­ties of daily liv­ing, be­hav­iour man­age­ment, psy­choso­cial sup­ports, or safe­keep­ing of money and per­sonal prop­erty, for ex­am­ple – were asked or ad­vised to move along to long-term care.

“The gulf be­tween as­sisted liv­ing and long-term care is large,” Dix said.

As­sisted liv­ing of­fers semi­in­de­pen­dent hous­ing – pri­vate rooms in a house or an apart­mentstyle build­ing with suites – that pro­vides ex­tra sup­ports for daily liv­ing, such as meals, recre­ation, med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment and psy­choso­cial sup­ports. Long-term care is 24-hour care. Plac­ing peo­ple in long-term care pre­ma­turely could take away their in­de­pen­dence and sense they are still liv­ing in their own home, Dix ex­plained.

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