LETTER: Home support assistance needed

Letter writer appeals to MLA Michelle Mungall

Attention: Michelle Mungall.

Further to our informational picket at your office on November 28th, we would like to again ask you what action you can take to ensure 52 Nelson area seniors do not go without care in January of 2018?

These vulnerable, often housebound, people depend on the housekeeping, groceries and other small supports to continue living independently in their homes.

The investment in this home support program is very cost-effective, far better and much less expensive than taking these people into long-term care or worse, into hospital.

The issue is urgent. We first contacted you in March to alert you to this impending problem. In 2015, Better at Home expected to extend their funding to Nelson this year. With the transition in government, no program is in place, and these 52 seniors are now left in limbo.

We understand the B.C. government is slowly working through its budget process, but there must be some mechanism for urgently needed bridge funding to avoid the breakdown of this much needed program.

What can you do to help these vulnerable people?

Another meeting with us is not adequate; we need actual government action.

Pegasis McGauley,

Nelson

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