Despite assurances that end-of-life care isn’t changing, Enderby politicians will remain vigilant.
Enderby council has received a letter from the Interior Health Authority, which states there are no plans to decrease the use of the palliative room at Parkview Place.
“It’s a good response but we need to pay attention to what’s going on,” said Mayor Howie Cyr, adding that IHA’s direction could change in the future.
The city contacted IHA in March after suggestions circulated in the community that the palliative care bed was being downgraded to respite care.
IHA responded in an April 7 letter.
“It tells me they know we’re paying attention to them and we will continue to do so,” said Cyr.
“Our community values that room.”
In the April 7 letter, IHA says that there have been discussions around the use of short-stay beds within the organization, but there is no move towards reducing the use of the room at Parkview Place.
“The discussions have focused on the best use of the beds including patients needing end of life care, respite for the caregiver who is supporting their loved one in the community, and people needing strengthening programs such as physical or occupational therapy for a short time before returning home,” said Heather Hogan, residential health services administrator.
“These are regular conversations we have throughout the health authority, ensuring that resources are being used appropriately and that there are short stay services throughout IHA to support people close to home.”
In other health care matters, Enderby representatives will attend a seminar in Kamloops May 7 on the recruitment of physicians.
Enderby has experienced a challenge recruiting new doctors.
“Given the situation here, we need to be more informed about physician issues,” said Cyr.