Seniors office seeks White Rock volunteers

BC Office of the Seniors Advocate is looking for volunteers to help interview 27,000 residents in 303 publicly funded care homes.

The BC Office of the Seniors Advocate is looking for volunteers to interview 27,000 residents in 303 publicly funded care homes across the province.

Eight of the publicly funded care homes are within the South Surrey/White Rock area; five have yet to be surveyed.

Volunteers will conduct interviews using a standardized questionnaire. In addition, the resident’s most frequent visitor will be asked to provide feedback about their observations.

It’s the first time Seniors Advocate has conducted a survey of this magnitude and it promised to publicly release the data once the survey is completed.

Lillian Parsons, project manager for Providence Health Care, says this survey is intended to show a well-rounded picture of the quality of care in care homes.

She pointed to a news item from last summer.

In August, CTV News reported complaints from an Australian woman that her 87-year-old mother, wasn’t getting the help she needs in Rosemary Heights Seniors Village in South Surrey. The woman was quoted saying her mother had to sit in her own feces for an extended period of time because of low staffing levels.

“Is that what the general experience of residents is like? Or, is that just one horrible story?” Parsons said. “And though that one horrible story should have never happened and it’s awful. What else is working?”

Rosemary Heights Seniors Village is included in the survey.

Once the survey is completed the results will be released in “many different facets.”

Care homes will be scored on each questionnaire category, which includes food, safety, privacy and activities.

The BCOSA is searching for volunteers who can commit 30 hours over a six to eight week period. Volunteers can choose the days, times and locations of where they will conduct interviews.

BCOSA wishes to complete the survey by February.

Information on becoming a volunteer can be found at www.surveybcseniors.org

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Members of the public will have a chance to learn about a proposal for three buildings ranging in height from 12 to 24 storeys in Semiahmoo Town Centre. A second virtual information meeting is scheduled for today (Feb. 25) and full details are also available at www.aplinmartin.com/semiahmoo. (First Capital photo rendering)
Public voice concerns about Semiahmoo highrises during virtual meeting

Proposed development could be delayed by ‘marketing philosophy’

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Surrey Mounties says they seized a luxury car, drugs and cash in Newton. (Photo: Surrey RCMP)
Surrey gang cops seize Alfa Romeo Stelvio, drugs and cash in Newton

This happened in the neighbourhood of 121A Street and 85A Avenue on Feb. 20

A possible cougar was spotted near South Meridian Elementary last August. Another cougar was reportedly spotted on Monday. (Megan Dolphin video screengrab)
VIDEO: Cougar sighting reported in White Rock

BC Conservation has not yet been able to confirm the report

Surrey RCMP are looking for information about a hit-and-run on Feb. 13 that they say involved this black BMW sedan. (Photo: Surrey RCMP)
Police search for owner of car after woman hit while walking on sidewalk in Surrey

RCMP say black BMW sedan drove up onto sidewalk and hit pedestrian in Newton on Feb. 13

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after a news conference at the legislature in Victoria on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. reports 559 new cases of COVID-19, one death

4,677 cases of the virus remain active in the province; 238 people are in hospital

Vancouver Canucks left wing Antoine Roussel (26) tries to get a shot past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks cough up 3-0 lead, fall 4-3 to visiting Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver falls to 8-13-2 on the NHL season

Jessica McCallum-Miller receives her signed oath of office from city chief administrative officer Heather Avison on Nov. 5, 2018 after being elected to Terrace City Council. McCallum-Miller resigned on Feb. 22, 2021, saying she felt unsupported and unheard by council. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Terrace’s 1st Indigenous councillor resigns citing ‘systemic and internalized racism,’ sexism

McCallum-Miller said in a Facebook post she felt unheard and unsupported by council

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)
Pubs, restaurants to pay wholesale prices on liquor permanently in COVID-recovery

Pre-pandemic, restaurateurs and tourism operators paid full retail price on most liquor purchases

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Wade Dyck with Luna, a dog who went missing near the Chasm for 17 days following a rollover on Feb. 5. (Photo submitted).
Dog missing for 17 days through cold snap reunited with owner in northern B.C.

Family ecstatic to have the Pyrenees-Shepherd cross back home.

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire. Image: The Canadian Press
Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell makes third attempt at bail on sex charges

Maxwell claims she will renounce her U.K. and French citizenships if freed

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Feds agree people with mental illness should have access to MAID — in 2 years

This is one of a number of changes to Bill C-7 proposed by the government

Most Read