B.C.'s long-term care homes seek bigger role with seniors

Long-term care homes in B.C. want to expand their role in medical treatment for the elderly, but will need one per cent of funding currently given to health authorities in the province.

The B.C. Care Providers Association released a report today responding to the Ministry of Health's call earlier this year for suggestions on how to improve care while keeping costs down in a rapidly aging society.

“Something has to be done that's transformative,” said Daniel Fontaine, chief executive officer of the association, which represents about 230 residential care, assisted living, home care and home support organizations, including for-profit businesses and non-profit agencies.

Erin Ellis reports.

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