The Interior Health Authority insists there are no changes to end-of-life care in Enderby.
City council is writing a letter to IHA demanding that services at Parkview Place remain as is after suggestions circulated in the community that a palliative care bed was being downgraded to respite care.
“We have had some discussion around the use of the bed but we have not had that discussion (closure),” said Heather Hogan, IHA’s residential health services administrator.
The use of the bed revolves around the needs of patients.
At times, it is used by an individual who is nearing the end of life, while there are other occasions where there is respite care for residents looking after a parent. There are other times when the bed is used for occupational therapy.
“We know there are people in the community who need assistance,” said Hogan of the short-stay nature of the bed.
“It is well used but we would like to see it used more.”
Mayor Howie Cyr says council is writing the letter to IHA to make it aware of the importance the bed plays in the area.
“If someone in the community is near end of life, it’s important for them to be in the community so their family can be close,” he said.
“It’s onerous for them to have to drive to Salmon Arm or Vernon.”
Cyr says the city must be proactive when it comes to health services continuing.
“It’s not about being critical or argumentative (with IHA) but it’s important to our community,” he said.