Care providers ask health board to reconsider moving seniors

Victoria Chinatown Care Centre residents told they must relocate

HEU care providers from the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre faced the Capital Health Region board last week as intervenors on behalf of six residents who have been told that they will soon be moved to other facilities.

HEU health worker Julie Ng asked the board to allow the six to stay at VCCC while options to increase care levels are fully explored. She acknowledged the health region’s positive involvement with the centre of late and encouraged its ongoing participation.

“We appreciate all the work the Capital Health Region has done with the centre so far,” Ng said. “A new administrator is starting work next week. We ask that you allow the new administrator an opportunity to make some more positive changes at the centre.

“We ask that the CHR consider additional funding to enable the centre to hire more staff.”

The six residents were recently reassessed as needing a higher level of care than the centre is currently staffed to provide.

Ng encouraged the hiring of more nurses, both LPNs and RNs, so that VCCC would be staffed to provide the extended care required.

She also described several relevant facts about the six residents: - four of the six are over 90 years old; - five of the six are Chinese; - one has had a fall and will recover her mobility within the next two months - four residents have had no change in their state of health or care needs since they arrived; and - the six are very settled at VCCC, each having lived there from 3 to 17 years.

“None of them want to leave,” said Ng. “It is known that when elderly people are moved their health deteriorates, some become depressed and some die.

“We ask that the board postpone any of these relocations. Please leave our residents at the Chinatown Care Centre and let us continue to care for them.” The new administrator, Vanessa Morgan, begins work at the unique, multi-cultural care facility on July 10. HEU expects to meet with her next week for preliminary discussions on a wide range of worker concerns including the inappropriate relocation of the six residents.