The Province of BC announced, March 9, that significant financial resources will soon be allocated to healthcare, and especially residential care for seniors.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the provincial population, and the province’s commitment to allocate $500-million over a four year period specifically to care for elderly British Columbians is welcome news. Over the next four years, the government will hire an additional 1500 new healthcare staff to care for seniors – with a specific mention made in the Province of British Columbia’s news release about a commitment to recruit additional physiotherapists.
Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who add considerable value to BC’s health system and especially to seniors’ care. Among many other things, physios teach fall prevention strategies to elderly British Columbians; design programs to ensure seniors enjoy speedy recoveries from injury or surgery; and help older people to maintain healthy and active lifestyles as they age. The second of PABC's series of position papers, being published in advance of the province’s May 9 general election, highlights this very issue — entitled Physiotherapy Can Improve Health for Seniors.
In 1976, seniors represented just 9.7 per cent of BC’s population. Last year the comparable number was 18.0 per cent. By 2036, residents age 65 years and older will be 25.3 per cent of the total population in the province. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to provide cost-effective healthcare to this fast growing population segment – and the evidence in this regard clearly proves that Physio Can Help.