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Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Responds to Report Stating British Columbia Home Care Reaching a Breaking Point

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a report stating that home care in British Columbia has reached a breaking point, as there has been no increase in available home care services despite the larger senior population.

A new report from the BC Health Coalition is showing that despite a 40% increase in the amount of seniors over 65 and an almost 50% increase in seniors older than 80 over the last 12 years alone, British Columbia is still caring for roughly the same number of seniors it did in 2013–2014. (Source: “Seniors’ home care support in B.C. at breaking point says new report,” CBC web site, June 3, 2015;

“The problem has clearly reached a climax, according to those figures,” says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region. “With the population aging that quickly over the last dozen years and still no real increase in home care availability, it’s cause to wonder what measures can be taken immediately to fix this problem.”

According to Marcy Cohen, co-author of the report, people are looking to the government to provide the leadership and funds needed to expand home care and manage what is quickly becoming an urgent matter.

“The fact is that these seniors need help now. They don’t have time to wait for the government or anyone else to make up their minds on how to move forward with this situation,” Shevel explains. “All people want are solutions, and the quicker those solutions are determined, the sooner they can be implemented to prevent BC seniors from having to be in facilities where they don’t feel comfortable.”

The BC government spent $2.8 billion last year, up 79% from 2001. Shevel notes that while it is a significant increase, it seems that more than money will be needed to aggressively address this issue and make changes moving into the next few years.

“As great a job as Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region does caring for the seniors in the communities we serve, it’s going to take a lot more than just companies like us,” Shevel concludes. “The entire medical industry needs to work together and discover what can be done in the short term to help seniors who need it now, as well as in the long term so caregivers are better prepared to manage should these circumstances present themselves in the future.”

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Brian Shevel

I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors. Add me to your G+