B.C. has 300 seniors' care facilities

Senior home survey seeks volunteers

Volunteers to ask seniors about staff, food, privacy, medications and other conditions in residential care

  • Aug. 26, 2016 12:00 p.m.

More than 250 volunteers have signed up to compile a survey of seniors in residential care, and B.C.’s Seniors Advocate is looking for more.

The 27,000 seniors living in 300 residential care facilities around the province are being asked about their experience with care home staff, the quality of food, privacy, medications and other conditions.

It’s the first comprehensive survey done in B.C., to measure resident satisfaction and provide a “roadmap” for improvements, said Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie.

Interviews will be conducted in person by trained volunteers, and a matching mail-out survey will be sent to each resident’s most frequent visitor.

The project is seeking volunteers with a range of professional backgrounds, ages and ethnicities. To apply as a volunteer, visit www.surveybcseniors.org or call the Office of the Seniors Advocate at 1-877-952-3181.

 

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