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.
There has never been a better time to start your career in health care.
While unemployment rates have been significantly impacted by the global economic downturn, health care remains one of the few sectors that will create jobs in BC over the next two years.
A recent analysis of health authority operated seniors' residential care facilities in BC indicates a potential shortage of LPNs and care aides in the coming years. Coupled with a just-completed analysis home support services and independent contracted care providers, the total estimated shortage over the next decade is close to 8,000.
In addition to addressing the skills shortage and facilitating future employment opportunities, BC Cares will also help the health care system address growing demands associated with our rapidly aging society.
Within a decade, the number of seniors over 65 will outnumber children under the age of 15 for the first time ever.
In September 2009, the Canadian Healthcare Association released a national report of the challenges facing long-term care in society. They highlighted the need for a national strategy that included ensuring a sustainable supply of community care workers.
A December 2009 report from the BC Care Providers Association included recommendations to invest in training initiatives to address anticipated labour shortages.
And in January 2010 the Alzheimer's Society of Canada released a national report that warned of the need to increase the number of long-term residential care beds in Canada by 140% over the next 25 years.
NEW: Seniors Care HR Strategy Released
Report Offers Insight into Human Resources Issues in Seniors Care Sector – (click here for news release)