Seniors lawyer Isobel Mackenzie has published an updated version of the Long Term Care Directory.
The Directory is a public resource that provides information on all publicly funded long-term care homes in British Columbia.
“As we compare performance year over year, we see continuous improvement in direct care hours,” notes Mackenzie. “However, we are also seeing a disturbing trend developing in the use of antipsychotic drugs.”
She says the proportion of residents using antipsychotics without a diagnosis of psychosis increased by eight percent from the previous year.
“We have seen a measurable decrease in the number of facilities that have had one or more inspections in the past year – 73% versus 83%,” she said. “However, this is expected to be a COVID-19 specific event, as we are informed that inspections have returned to their regular pace.”
The publication of the directory also coincides with the launch of the new website of the Office of the Elder Advocate. The new online resource includes the updated directory, including an interactive map of all publicly funded long-term care facilities in British Columbia. The interactive map and updated directory include information such as address, phone number, health authority, room configuration, total number of beds, and quality indicators. This updated directory and web page will help seniors, their families, caregivers and key stakeholders better navigate long-term care facilities across the province.
“With the updated website and the latest long-term care directory, seniors and their loved ones will be able to access vital information to help them make informed decisions; and advocates and stakeholders will be able to monitor developing trends and areas for improvement in long-term care. Mackenzie said.
The directory shows that 90 percent of rooms in long-term care are single occupancy, seven percent are double occupancy and four percent are multi-bed (three or more beds). Additionally, it shows that 77 percent of residents live in one room.
Long-term residents (32%) are totally dependent on staff for their activities of daily living such as using the toilet, bathing, and getting up and out of bed.
Half (50%) of residents were assessed as “weak” on the social engagement index.
On average, care facilities were funded to provide 3.37 hours of direct care per resident per day, and the number of facilities meeting the 3.36-hour guideline increased from 50 percent to 83 percent.
The average cost of food increased 6% (range $ 5.79 to $ 18.75 per resident / day, average $ 8.87), while the daily rate paid to facilities increased by 5% on average (range $ 206.60 to $ 309.89 per resident / day, average $ 242.90).
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