Press Releases & Responses

Response to: Opinion: A plan to reverse labour shortages for seniors care

October 7, 2017 | CAOT-BC

We agree with Daniel Fontaine and the BC Care Providers Association that the time is now to act regarding labour shortages in seniors care. Many of the 1500 new hires for seniors care will be occupational therapists, and with the current challenges facing the occupational therapist workforce, CAOT-BC has serious concerns about how those new positions will be filled. Read More

Response to: Editorial: Lift standards for senior care

September 23, 2017 | CAOT-BC

This editorial is correct in identifying gaps in the treatment regimens for seniors in British Columbia. Placement, Drugs and Therapy reports from the Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie have identified significant gaps with respect to occupational therapy service. The first report published in 2015 indicated that only 8.9% of seniors received occupational therapy in BC while the progress report of 2016 showed a further 16.9% reduction, a trend in the wrong direction if we are trying to improve and strengthen services to vulnerable seniors. Read More

Response to: "Keeping the Promises"

September 13, 2017 | CAOT-BC

We agree with Mr. Whitcombe’s assertion that “the focus cannot be solely on "trades training" unless this is some new way of referring to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or engineering. All three are degree programs that should be available in Prince George to qualified students”. Read More

Response to: BC Budget

September 11, 2017 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) is encouraged by the BC Government budget update. “Today’s update provides much needed resources to respond to the fentanyl crisis that includes prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery efforts” said Giovanna Boniface, National Director of Professional Affairs of CAOT. Read More

Response to: “B.C. looks to fix staffing shortages in pediatric therapy”

June 1, 2017 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Occupational Therapy Association- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) supports the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) request for proposal as a strategy to address pediatric therapy recruitment and retention. Read More

April 11, 2017 | CAOT-BC
BC occupational therapists agree that the increased provincial funding for seniors is a positive first step; however we need more training to meet demand and to fill gaps currently in the system of care for seniors. Read More

New funding to help create team-based primary care services throughout B.C is a positive step

April 4, 2017 | CAOT-BC
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) supports Minister Terry Lakes’ announcement to invest $90 million over three years to bring integrated team-based primary care services to more communities throughout British Columbia.  Read More 

Response to: “Public-private sectors collaborate to help vulnerable populations”

March 23, 2017 | CAOT-BC
The Canadian Occupational Therapy Association- BC Chapter fully supports the HUB initiative at St. Paul’s Hospital. The HUB exemplifies how innovation, collaboration and leadership can be used to improve health systems and practices for vulnerable populations in our community. Read More

Letter to Hon. Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation

March 13, 2017 | CAOT-BC

Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with Dr. Susan Forwell and myself on March 9th, 2017. I am very pleased with your interest in the expansion of the UBC Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program...  Read More
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Increased provincial funding for seniors is a positive first step

March 10, 2017 | CAOT-BC

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) supports the provincial government’s announcement to invest $500 million over four years to improve health care for seniors.   Read More

Response to: Editorial: Make Elder Care a Priority

January 31, 2017 | CAOT-BC

The BC Care Providers Association #carecanbethere campaign affirms what our association has been asking government for years—a call to action to increase access to occupational therapy for our seniors who live in residential care or for those who live at home with home care supports. Read More

Response to: Seniors care short-staffed, advocate says.

January 27, 2017 | CAOT-BC

The newly updated Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory reinforces what ourassociation has been asking government for years—a call to action to increase access to occupational therapy for our seniors who live in residential care.  Read More

It’s worth investing in care of seniors; Response to: More funds urged for care of seniors

January 25, 2017 | CAOT-BC

We support the recommendations laid out by the B.C. Care Provider Association in the report, “Strengthening Seniors Care: A Made- in-B.C. Roadmap,” in particular those related to improving access to occupational therapy.  Read More  (scroll to bottom of page) 

 

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