Re: The June 16 story about Carrie McAstocker, a paraplegic speaking out about problems with Interior Health’s at-home care program (‘Carrie is fighting for her independence’):
I hear Carrie.
I am going to do what I can for her as an registered nurse who is an advocate for seniors, especially ones like Carrie, who no one listens to in our health system.
My situation is much like hers, in which our health system needs some major change. No one has listened to my problems with Interior Health for the past four years.
I graduated from Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University).
One of our assignments was spending months learning all the aspects of home care. It was vastly different then to what it is now.
We swept floors, washed dishes, did other cleaning and cooked.
We took time to talk to these people and listen to the their wonderful stories of their past and present.
What has happened to all this personal care?
Where do seniors fit into the Interior Health system? Is leaving someone confined to a wheelchair overnight acceptable?
Where do the families fit in? What’s going to happen to the seniors of tomorrow? Everyone becomes a senior sooner or later.
Are people looking forward to requiring home care some day? Or are they hoping it will have change by the time they get to that stage?
It won’t change until we all speak up and demand change now so it can help people like Carrie now.
We are the customers. Government employees should represent our wishes. Our money goes into their pocketbooks each month and provides them with a secure future with pension benefits.
We can all do this together with a positive attitude and an exchange of ideas on what will benefit everyone who will require some level of health care in the future.
Do it now. Send your ideas of the changes you want to see to Interior Health.
Let’s do it together.