VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is expanding a program aimed at helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible.
Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says the Home is Best program, which has been a pilot project in the Vancouver and Fraser Health regions, will be rolled out to all five health authorities in the province.
The program provides customized in-home care for seniors, ranging from bathing and dressing to taking medication.
The Home is Best pilot project in the Vancouver region saw a 30 per cent decline in seniors needing hospital acute care, and a 25 per cent reduction in emergency department visits, which MacDiarmid says helps save money for the health system.
She says health authorities will get $50 million a year over the next three years to implement Home is Best as well as to enhance other primary and community care supports.
Some of these other in-home care programs are aimed at helping people with mental health and drug abuse problems.