VBNF was happy to be invited to tour the SUCCESS Senior Care Home facility in Chinatown. I went there before to visit but not as detail as this one. Some of our friends were there too. I was touring with some government officials: Richard Lee, MLA, Jenny Kwan, MLA, George Chow, of City of Vancouver Council. I was surprised to learn that they have a dental clinic so that the residents there do not need to go out to the dental office. This means a lot to the elderly as the average age admitted to the facility is 85 years old. At that age, not only that they may have trouble walking, some of them even need special lift to help them get up from bed, go to washroom, or get on the wheel chairs, etc.
While this facility is only for Chinese, it sets a good example for other non-Chinese facilities. Waiting list for getting in is about 3 years. That tells us how bad it is for the elderly to wait for proper care in BC. We need to build more facilities like that so our parents or grandparents will get the care they need.
Government funding is not enough and they need private fundraising to support equipment purchases, staff and most of all, expand the size of the facility or build new ones for those who have to wait 3 years.
I have to say the government should look into new way of saving building costs so people can afford to buy or rent. Affordable housing has many effects on the economy of BC and everywhere. Affordable housing contributes to lower living costs for everyone. By lowering the cost of housing, people can afford to buy their own home; the government can build low income housing at a lower cost and may not have to increase the payment according to inflation.
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