LETTERS: Caregivers need care, too


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



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