What is BC Cares?

BC Cares is a program that was designed by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) in 2007 to recruit care aides into the growing seniors care sector. Initially developed as a pilot with the Fraser Health Authority, BC Cares became a province-wide initiative in 2009-2009.

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Staff Safety - New Funding Secured

At their 2010 Annual BC Care Providers Association Conference and General Meeting in Whistler, care providers unanimously passed a policy resolution to promote personal security of care providers and appropriate placement of residents. Since then, BCCPA has been working with provincial officials and WorkSafe BC to develop a response to growing concerns about staff safety in seniors care - particularly in light of growing connection between safe workplaces and retention of labour.

Progress is being made. In addition to releasing a guide for care providers to help understand the risks of dementia and ways to prevent violence, WorkSafe BC has approved $11.5 million for a new health and safety partnership with care providers and health authorities in 2011. Additional funds will likely be approved over the next five years as part of this new collaboration that includes HEABC, employers, labour unions and HBT. BCCPA will be meeting with WorkSafe BC and HEABC officials in the coming weeks to discuss the implementation of this exciting new initiative to improve staff safety. We expect the initial provincial priorities that will be roiled out in the spring will focus on:

  • reporting & data management
  • workplace health call reporting centre
  • residential care musculoskeletal prevention initiative
  • violence prevention program rollout

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