VANCOUVER, April 17 /CNW/ - A new report released today by the BC Care
Providers Association represents the most comprehensive labour market
survey ever conducted for the non-profit and private seniors care
sector in British Columbia.
Led by a project committee of leading seniors care stakeholders in BC, "Planning, Attracting, Engaging and Sharing Knowledge" provides an overview of the recruiting and retention situation for
residential care aides, home care workers and licensed practical nurses
over the coming decade.
"This report offers very important insight into the key human resource
challenges facing not-for-profit and private seniors care providers in
British Columbia," said BC Care Providers Association CEO Ed
Helfrich. "What we are excited about is that the strategy also includes
a specific set of recommendations on how to address the human resource
challenges our sector is going to experience with the aging of our
Among other things, the 52-page report concludes:
There are 14,000 people employed in BC's private/non-profit seniors care
sector - and growing
Care providers are operating on very lean budgets
Several sector employers are offering training, skills development and
innovative approaches to improve quality of their employees' lives -
and they should be recognized
Close to 25% of all home care workers in sector are over the age of 55
A significant portion of employees in the sector are retained on a
casual basis - particularly in home support (58% of all new hires over
past 12 month period)
British Columbia's home care sector is most vulnerable to labour
retention challenges in the future
The cost of staff turnover is estimated at $4,100/person and could
present a potential safety threat in the future if action is not taken
now to promote meaningful collaborations
The sector needs to be marketed to potential employees in a more
The report includes more than 20 recommendations - mostly aimed at
improving retention of existing workers and reducing staff
turnover. The project committee has fast-tracked a number of items
Innovative scheduling practices in home support and residential care
Review of "fixed-hour" pilot projects and additional "cluster care"
opportunities in home care sector
Develop opportunities focused on welcoming more new Canadians in the
seniors care sector
Invite care providers to participate in pilot projects
Establish provincial awards of excellence for sector employers
Extend project collaboration to include WorkSafe BC, Care Aide Registry,
private career training colleges and health authorities
Maintain project committee to oversee implementation of recommendations
"We would like to thank the Ministries of Health, Advanced Education and
Jobs, Tourism and Innovation for supporting our project committee,"
concluded Mr. Helfrich. "We would also like to thank the other members
of our team and all the care providers that participated in the
preparation of this strategy. We look forward to implementing these
ideas in the year ahead."
For a complete copy of the report, summary of key conclusions and full
list of recommendations, contact www.bccares.ca.
The project was funded in whole or in part through the Canada-BC Labour
Market Development Agreement and builds on the BC Cares training and
recruiting partnership BCCPA established in 2007 with the provincial
government and local health authorities.
SOURCE BC Care Providers Association
For further information:
David Hurford, BC Care Providers Association