Public to have an impact on senior's health care

By Contributor
September 3rd, 2012

BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter is visiting Nelson and Castlegar Sept. 12 and 13 to present her findings re improving seniors’ care in BC, with special reference to the West Kootenay area. Those organizing her visit to the area have scheduled events both Nelson and Castlegar at different times of the day in the hope that as many people as possible will be able to hear her important recommendations for change.

In Nelson, she will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Nelson United Church Hall, 602 Silica Street.

The following day, on Thursday, Sept. 13 she’ll make a similar presentation in Castlegar from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Centre, 2101 6th Avenue. An optional lunch, by donation, will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Both presentations are free of charge.

The BC Government has been given a unique opportunity to improve the lives of seniors in the province if it follows the 176 recommendations made by Ms. Carter in her recently released report “The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in BC”.

However, according to Castlegar Health Watch member & event organizer, Bud Godderis, “The government needs encouragement to fully implement the Report’s recommendations. The public is encouraged to come out to meet the BC Ombudsperson, learn about her Report and find out what concerned citizens can to to urge immediate government action.”

To read the full Report go to www.bcombudsperson.bc.ca

For a 14 page summary of the Report go to www.bchealthcoalition.ca

Events are co-sponsored by: – Castlegar & District Health Watch (CDHW); Contact Bud Godderis:250-365-5077 – Trail Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Seniors (SPCS); Contact Carol Albo: 250-362-5767 – Nelson & Area Society for Health (NASH); contact Pegasis McGauley: 250-29-4223 – Nelson Seniors Coordinating society; Contact Sharon Browning: 250-825-4283; Joan Reichardt 250-352-7013

Categories: GeneralHealth