"Every 17 seconds an elderly person is taken to the ER because of a fall."
BY DARRELL BELLAART, DAILY NEWS MARCH 12, 2012
Families with aging relatives on limited incomes can take a number if they want to put them into a care facility. Nanaimo has a glut of beds for people with the money to pay, but for those without savings or a good pension, publicly funded beds are limited.
Patients must be assessed for placement in a publicly funded residential care facility, but such housing is in such short supply family members might not want to put off having the assessment done as soon as possible.
Seniors who are hospitalized often get care faster, but leaving it that long puts stress on the patient, family members and the healthcare system.