Vote for improved health care

Resident says Canadians must consider the future of the health care system

In support of Ian McLeod’s recent letter “Health care tsunami looms,” I would like to expand on these thoughts related to Canada’s future health care system.

I currently work in community care and have also been privileged to experience acute care, residential care, and public health. I base this letter on my personal and professional values of compassionate and holistic care of others.

Our health care has traditionally and continues to focus on acute care services. This is obviously not effective or sustainable.

What Canadians need is a shift in health care to primary care services. A health care model that supports preventative care is vital. This will offer safer and higher quality care.

The system should also emphasize education and interventions to help people take responsibility for their health.

New organizational models and funding must be developed in order to reform primary health care accordingly.

By 2031, 25 per cent of Canada’s population will be 65 years and older. Beyond our aging population, we need to consider the huge number of individuals that live with chronic and life-limiting diseases. Canada’s near future death rate is going to hit hard.

Currently, most health care sites, programs and professionals are swamped.

McLeod made reference to people in acute care moving to palliative service. For clarification sake, it doesn’t exactly work that way.

Many of these people do require hospitalization for varying treatments, but there are many challenges to properly supporting this group of people.

Many individuals facing life-limiting illness do so without support, unaware of available services.

Some connect with community-based palliative/hospice care that offers excellent holistic support and/or system navigation.

The Canadian Senate (2010) classifies palliative nursing as, “intensely human and caring.”

We help people (and their families) live in the midst of dying. Unfortunately, related care programs are bursting at the seams.

Best health care to do list:

Expanded community integrated care services to case manage chronic and life limiting diseases that can be better managed via clinic or home through community services (rather than acute/EDR re-admissions).

Improved transitional care and care collaboration between health care professionals.

Funded education that will allow health care professional’s (HCP) to expand their scopes of practice (to cope with HCP shortages).

Improved access to care services.

Public friendly education and information services.

An emphasis on wellness.

An attitude of gratitude for all involved.

Giselle White, BSN


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A Vernon man's faith in humanity has been restored since his lost wallet was returned, credit cards, cash and all, to the RCMP station. (Contributed)
Good Samaritan turns in cash-filled wallet to Vernon Mounties

Owner’s faith in humanity restored following a tough few weeks

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a single-vehicle rollover Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after a vehicle came into contact with a pedestrian light pole at Kalamalka Lake Road and 14th Avenue. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Minor injuries in rollover after vehicle hits Vernon crosswalk pole

The vehicle flipped onto its side, closing Kalamalka Lake Road

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with an influenza outbreak amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Two more deaths at Vernon care home

Noric House case numbers remain steady, but death toll rises

A petition to spare the Mount Rose Swanson area from logging later this year has eclipsed 21,000 signatures as of Jan. 20, 2021. (Rose Swanson Mountain/Facebook)
Controversial logging will cut 4% of ‘sensitive’ Armstrong forest area: Ministry

A petition to spare the Rose Swanson area from logging has eclipsed 21,000 signatures

The BC SPCA is adapting its fundraising after cancelling events due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
BC SPCA gets creative with fundraising as pandemic continues

The non-profit’s in-person fundraising events all had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

Interior Health has declared the Cariboo Chilcotin a community cluster. (Angie Mindus photo)
Interior Health declares Cariboo Chilcotin region a COVID-19 cluster, 215 cases since Jan. 1

Most cases are related to transmission at social events and gatherings in Williams Lake

Penticton city council heard from Dhorea Ramanula, of Paid Employment for People with Lived Experiences Tuesday, Jan. 19. Ramanula’s organization has operated public washrooms in Kelowna staffed by community support workers since April, she says Penticton could benefit from a similar facility. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)
Penticton interested in new public washroom concept to combat vandalism

Public washrooms with on-site support staff have been operating in Kelowna since April

Canada Post had remove a lot of letter boxes around Penticton after they were vandalized. This letter box at the United Church on Main St. remains unscathed. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Street mailbox vandals strike Penticton drop boxes

Canada Post had to remove a bunch of the vandalized units

Esa Carriere, 23, was the victim of a 2018 Canada Day homicide. (File)
Youth sentenced in Kelowna Canada Day killing

Young woman pleaded guilty to lesser assault charge, sentenced to 15-month intensive support and supervision program

A rendering of UBC’s planned downtown Kelowna campus. (Contributed)
Kelowna’s new downtown campus to help alleviate UBCO’s space crunch

The sizable development is anticipated to be completed by the fall 2024 semester

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

Most Read