On Monday, Feb. 25, the public is invited to attend a presentation on community seniors care to be held at Riverside Community Centre beginning at 7 p.m. The presentation will be given by Gloria Levi, coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy (ICA), a group of volunteers dedicated to comprehensive medical and non-medical home health care and support services for seniors in British Columbia. The title of her talk is A Vision of Community Based Health Care: Getting a Better Bang for Your Health Care Buck.
The aim of ICA is to build grass roots support for the expansion of broadly based, easily accessed home support services, providing cheaper, more effective ways to maintain and sustain elders in their own homes.
According to Levi, “Integrated Care means offering transportation, assistance with housework and meals, and medical services that give people the joy, the autonomy of being able to stay in their own homes longer.” She believes that “the time is ripe to examine ways to provide more effective delivery of publicly funded health care services, empowering seniors to experience a more desirable quality of life.”
Integrated Care Advocacy is broadly endorsed by the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO), the Jewish Seniors Alliance (JSA), BC Retired Teachers Association, and has the support of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the B.C. Health Coalition (BCHC).
Gloria Levi resides in Vancouver and is much in demand as an advocate for senior care in our province. On Oct. 3, 2012, she coordinated the Integrated Models for Delivering Care to Frail Seniors workshop held in Vancouver and was a guest speaker at the BC Health Coalition’s Public Forum on Seniors Care, held in Vancouver on Dec. 10. More recently, Levi spoke at a Seniors’ Town Hall Meeting in Comox on Feb. 1st.
On Feb. 13, she will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Greater Victoria Seniors, Branch #191 of the BC Old Age Pensioners Organization. We are very fortunate to have Gloria coming to Princeton to share her knowledge in support of seniors’ care in our community. Please join us for the presentation on Monday, Feb. 25.