Home support services improve quality of life for frail seniors and people with chronic conditions or disabilities, and help prevent their health from deteriorating further. Cuts to home support in BC have seriously compromised the effectiveness of these services. This report lays out three policy recommendations that would strengthen and expand home support in a practical and cost-effective way. The paper calls for an increase of the provincial home support budget by $100 million per year in order to implement the proposed reforms. Injecting new funding in the home support system is an opportunity to make a sound investment in community care and increase the quality of life of frail seniors, while achieving long-term cost savings for the health system.
May 4, 2009