* This presentation was originally recorded in English. Closed captioning is available in both English and French.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many challenges in our long-term care and residential seniors living facilities. LGBTQ2S+ seniors and their advocates have been asking for reform of these systems for years to make them more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ2S+ seniors. We believe the time has come for radical reforms in these systems and major systemic change for the care of all residents. In 2020, Penny MacCourt lead the Action for Reform of Residential Care BC by writing a comprehensive report for government and policy makers. In 2021, Dignity Seniors Society was invited to submit an addendum to the report highlighting the needs of LGBTQ2S+ seniors. This panel will highlight the recommendations in the report and speak to systemic change in long-term care and residential care systems in B.C. Speciﬁcally, we ask that an LGBTQ2S+ lens be applied when implementing reforms.
Darren Usher (Dignity Seniors Society), Penny MacCourt (Action for Reform of Residential Care BC), Adam Mann (Simon Fraser University), Mike Klassen (BC Care Providers Association)