John Horgan to expand home care
This has been a challenging time for all of us, but it has been particularly hard on seniors who have been most at risk from COVID-19. Seniors helped to build our province. They deserve to live with dignity—and receive quality care as close to home as possible—in their retirement years.
A decade and a half of privatization and layoffs in seniors care left huge problems to fix. Access to home support in BC for those aged 75 and older fell by 30% under the BC Liberals, forcing thousands of seniors into long-term care who could have been living safely at home. Now Andrew Wilkinson is promising tax cuts to those who need it least—instead of helping our seniors who need it the most. We can’t afford that risk.
Before COVID-19, John Horgan and our BC NDP team had completed the largest two-year increase in home and community care hours in BC history. We also brought private home care contracts back into the public system. When the pandemic hit, we worked with the United Way to provide extra support for seniors living at home.
We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but there is much more to do. That’s why John Horgan is in the Comox Valley today to announce the next steps a BC NDP government will take to expand home care access to more seniors. With John’s plan, we move BC forward, not for those at the top, but for everyone—including our seniors.