Senior Care: How Volunteering at the Boucherville Library Can Help

by isabelleallain on April 2, 2017 - 9:57pm

On March 27th, 2017, CBC News reported through “Privatization of Seniors’ Care Leading to Poorer Quality Service, Think Tank says” that the access to publicly funded senior care in British Columbia, such as homes and community care, is declining over time. Indeed, between 2001 and 2016, home support access experienced a decrease of 30%, whereas residential care with assistance access experienced a decrease of 20%. On the other hand, profit facilities are experiencing a growing demand of 42% from 2011 to 2016 as well.

 

The reporter of the previous information, Andrew Longhurst concluded that the increase in profitable facilities is not the best thing that could happen.

 

"When we look at large studies that look at thousands of facilities, what we see when we analyze the data is that for-profit care tends to be inferior to care provided by public health authorities and non-profit organizations."

The reporter also said that many of these organizations, in order to maximize their profit level, would limit their work force to minimize wages. Also, most of these facilities do not fulfill the minimum requirements set by the Canadian province.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/privatization-of-seniors-care-leading-to-poorer-quality-service-think-tank-says-1.4042624

 

The issue described above is lack of senior care in Canada. I think that a functional and fair society should provide a healthy, secure and warm system of supervision for seniors. Although I am not currently in a position to establish that kind of system, I wish to help and contribute a little bit to help the elderly. Luckily, le Centre d’Action Bénévole de Boucherville (CABB) offers the possibility to enlighten the day of a few. On April 25th, 2017, the seniors of Boucherville are invited to the library to play board games with volunteers of all age for the afternoon. There are four possible dates to volunteer: March 21st, April 25th, May 23rd and June 20th of 2017. To join, you must contact info@cabboucherville.ca.

More information at: http://www.cabboucherville.ca/nouvelles/venez-jouer-aux-cartes-a-divers-jeux-de-societe/.

I think I could be very useful for this volunteer work, because I am very close with my grandparents. I feel very lucky that at their age, they still live together and are in great shape. However, I know this is not the case for the majority, so I would like to help them and counter their loneliness for at least one afternoon. My patience and kindness will be useful and much needed.