LETTER: Senior care facility needed

Waiting lists in Summerland are extremely long

Dear Editor:

My husband and I are retired Summerland residents. We want to stay in Summerland as we age so, in the event that we need care, we did some research on Summerland’s senior care facilities including Summerland Seniors Village, Prairie Valley Lodge, Parkside Care Residence and the Parkdale Place Housing Society.

What we found was surprising and it has raised big concerns for us.

Summerland Seniors Village, Prairie Valley Lodge and Parkside Care Residence are privately owned for profit providers of long term health care services. Combined they offer about 275 various sized units and different levels of care including independent living, assisted living and some levels of complex care. Some of the units are publicly subsidized and others are private pay.

The Parkdale Place Housing Society is a non-profit housing association that offers about 160 independent living units. No care is provided but they do offer limited meals and light housekeeping. Similar to the privately owned facilities, the non-profit association has both publicly subsidized and private pay units.

It alarmed us to learn that waiting lists in Summerland are extremely long. They start at two years and go up to seven years depending on the facility and the type of care required.

We also learned that the cost of senior care in Summerland varies greatly by circumstance.

Considerations include the size of unit, level of care required, and the person’s ability to qualify for a government subsidy.

The monthly costs range from $1,500 per month for a publicly subsidized independent living studio unit to over $7,000 per month for complex care.

As bleak as the current situation is, the availability of senior health care in Summerland will continue to get worse as baby boomers enter the system.

Even today, Summerland seniors needing care are often taken to a Penticton hospital room because no other alternative exists. Sadly, even this option is limited as there are currently 20 seniors on the waiting list for a Penticton hospital bed.

But there is hope. Summerland has been given an opportunity to change the situation.

If approved, the age-in-place Banks Crescent senior housing and long term health care facility will provide over 400 new units.

All three levels of care will be made available to every owner or renter right in their very own homes.

The non-profit Saint Elizabeth Healthcare service will provide the on-site care and also make badly needed home care services available to all Summerland seniors regardless of where they live in the community.

There has been much speculation and misinformation about the affordability of the Banks Crescent development. It is planned to be a privately owned facility like many of the existing care facilities in Summerland. The developer understands the market and will price the units competitively.

Summerland is in desperate need of senior housing and care. Please attend the public forum that will take place on Feb. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Arena Banquet Room in Summerland. Please speak up and let council know that Summerland needs the Banks Crescent development. You can find more information at www.summerlandcsi.com.

Marie Gallant

Summerland

Just Posted

Air support grounded as fires fill the skies with smoke

Heavy smoke throughout the region thwarted efforts of BC Wildfire Saturday, as… Continue reading

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Key to the SOEC 2017 winner grateful for experience

Petersen discusses what it’s like to win a year of free concerts at the SOEC

UPDATED: Super League organizers cancel Saturday afternoon races in Penticton

Inaugural North American triathlon hoping for clearer skies Sunday

Wildfire west of Summerland completely guarded

BC Wildfire Crews are on scene of two wildfires that started Aug. 17

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

Trans Canada Highway opened again near Sicamous

Motor vehicle incident on Highway 1 between Sicamous and Malakwa closed road after 6 p.m.

West Kelowna wildfire evacuation alert rescinded

Alert rescinded Saturday for properties near four lakes within the Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Key to the SOEC 2017 winner grateful for experience

Petersen discusses what it’s like to win a year of free concerts at the SOEC

In Photos: Roots and Blues 2018 day one

Michael Franti and the Lil Smokies lit up the main stage to close out a day filled with great music

Most Read