LETTERS: Caregivers need care, too

Editor:

I am a lover of trains, having worked as a fireman/stoker on steam engines in Africa.

An open letter to B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie.

Re: Holes found in senior care, Sept. 16.

I feel I should speak for the multitudes of family caregivers in response to the article quoting you.

We are all well-aware of the so-called support programs. There is only one day care here and it is full with a waiting list. Respite is available in only two of the dozens of seniors residences in South Surrey and White Rock, and you have to book months in advance.

The 30 days mentioned in the article are per year, not whenever.

What I think would be helpful, easy to arrange and even cheap would be some places – note the “s” – for us lonely folks to go with our loved ones, with refreshments and chairs that we may chat with others in a similar pickle.

Please see what you can do.

Jean Tasker, White Rock

 

 

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

Just Posted

Trade to hometown team a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Surrey Eagles defenceman

Kieran O’Hearn gets to play in front of family, who live just minutes from South Surrey Arena

White Rock solid waste open house scheduled

Event to take place next month

Cloverdale man turns old bed racer into chicken coop

Clayton Heights’ Aaron Grim says repurposed racer ‘easy to clean and easy to collect the eggs’

U-Haul truck hits hydro pole, causes power outage in Surrey

Vehicle driving westbound on Fraser Highway

Two-vehicle crash leads to argument in South Surrey

Police investigating after one driver left the scene

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Vancouver police investigate after man found dead in vehicle

Man has not been identified and no one has been arrested

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

BC Green Party leader visits northern B.C. pipeline protest site

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations

‘Extensive’ work planned at Big Bar landslide ahead of salmon, steelhead migration

Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan visited the site of the slide from June

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Royal deal clears way for Harry, Meghan part-time Canada move: experts

Keith Roy of the Monarchist League of Canada said the deal is exactly what Harry and Meghan asked for

Most Read

l -->