Media Advisory - Study assesses province's record on seniors' care, including promise to build 5,000 new long-term care beds

    VANCOUVER, April 13 /CNW/ - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
(CCPA) will release a major study on home and community health care for
seniors in BC at a news conference Wednesday.
    The study provides detailed evidence related to concerns raised recently
by the BC Auditor General, the BC Medical Association and the BC Care
Providers Association about the deteriorating state of seniors' care in BC.
    The study updates the CCPA's 2005 audit of BC's home and community care
services, including:

    -   The only publicly-available, comprehensive accounting of long-term
        care beds - with breakdown by health authority and municipality;
    -   Changes in access to residential care, home support, and home nursing
        - provincially and by health authority;
    -   Access to these services in BC compared to other provinces;
    -   The impact on hospitals;
    -   The shift to private care.

    A second study to be released Wednesday looks at innovative case studies
in community-based health care from around BC that, if scaled up, could
provide cost-effective solutions.

    News conference details:

    April 15, 2009, 9:30 AM
    Segal Graduate School of Business, Room 1500 (500 Granville St,

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Daub, (604) 780-9133

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