Crying Out Loud in the Comox Valley, which welcomes the participation of all family and friends of residents, formed as a result of the latest (2019) issues around Comox Valley Seniors Village. Numerous advocacy efforts, from complaints to Licensing to a letter writing campaign asking the Board of Island Health to take over the site, eventually resulted in action.
In October, the Medical Health Officer asked Island Health to appoint a public administrator for CVSV. The families celebrated their success because it took a lot of effort for grieving seniors to achieve this goal.
However whether this will result in great improvements remains to be clarified. Crying Out Loud has since learned that the parent company, Retirement Concepts, (currently owned by the Chinese insurance company, Anbang) has been down this path before with facilities in Nanaimo and Victoria. Here is a brief history of Retirement Concepts, with reference to some key documents in the BC residential care debate over the last 2 decades.
Here is a link to the extensive letters members of Crying Out Loud wrote to senior Island Health management as the issues unfolded
And here is the reaction from members and a sampling of the press as Island Health took responsibility
At this point, Crying Out Loud is monitoring the situation at CVSV, looking for improvements, and working to engage with family members at other for-profit long term care homes in BC such as Nanaimo Seniors Village and Selkirk Place in Victoria.