British Columbia’s Ombudsperson Kim Carter is visiting Castlegar and Nelson September 12 and 13 to present her findings in regard to improving seniors’ care in B.C., with special reference to the West Kootenay area. Those organizing her visit to the area have scheduled events both Nelson and Castlegar at different times of the day in the hope that as many people as possible will be able to hear her important recommendations for change.
In Nelson, she will speak on Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. in the Nelson United Church Hall, 602 Silica Street.
The following day, on Thursday, September 13 she’ll make a similar presentation in Castlegar from noon to 2 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Centre, 2101 6th Avenue. An optional lunch, by donation, will be available at 11:30 a.m.
Both presentations are free of charge.
The B.C. Government has been given a unique opportunity to improve the lives of seniors in the province if it follows the 176 recommendations made by Ms. Carter in her recently released report “The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in B.C.”
However, according to Castlegar Health Watch member and event organizer, Bud Godderis, “The government needs encouragement to fully implement the report’s recommendations. The public is encouraged to come out to meet the B.C. Ombudsperson, learn about her report and find out what concerned citizens can to to urge immediate government action.”
To read the full report go to www.bcombudsperson.bc.ca
For a 14-page summary of the report go to www.bchealthcoalition.ca