I’m pleased to announce I’ll be hosting a Spring Tea and Town Hall with seniors in Hope on Friday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m., at the Canyon Golden Agers Club, to hear their needs and update them on the provincial services available to assist them.
I continue to hear that housing remains a concern to seniors who want to downsize but remain in the community they’ve called home all their lives, staying close to loved ones and to familiar supports. I continue to advocate for affordable, age-appropriate housing initiatives to help seniors age in place.
Our seniors have contributed so much to the community, and it’s important they are able to access the services they need to stay healthy and happy.
Additionally, last year, my colleague MLA Stephanie Cadieux, introduced the New Housing Access Act, requiring a portion of all new developments be accessible as part of the BC Building Code. This would benefit those with physical disabilities as well as seniors.
Seniors also want the health care they need close to home. Many of our rural communities continue to cope with doctor shortages and gaps in staffing at many of their medical facilities. Along these lines, seniors have also expressed concerns about a shortage of care aides.
To help people navigate these issues, my constituency office has created a helpful resource guide outlining the many services available to seniors. If you would like a copy, call my office at 250-453-9726. I also invite you to call anytime to share any issue that you or a loved one may be facing. We are always here to help.