Glacier View Lodge Update - September 22
There was an announcement at the Glacier View Lodge Annual General Meeting on September 22, 2017 that the amalgamation with St. Josephs and Providence was off the table. Click the button at right for a Comox Valley Record article with more details. Unconfirmed report is that Providence and St. Joseph's will still go ahead with amalgamation.
We will continue our research on what happened to the original 53 acres donated for seniors care.... the latest will be posted on the GVL page.
In the Comox Valley the ability to exercise our legal right to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is severely restricted. A large proportion of our residential care beds are currently managed and controlled by a faith-based institution that refuses to allow MAiD within its facilities. This institution is actively planning to increase its domination of residential care services here in our valley by merging with the Glacier View Lodge as well as competing for the seventy new residential care beds allocated by Island Health. We are not being provided with services that reflect the demographics of our community and we do not have the same level of access to MAiD services provided everywhere else on Vancouver Island.
About Equal Access Comox Valley
Equal Access Comox Valley (EACV) picks up and continues on the great campaign started in May 2017 by the Equal Access Committee (EAC). EAC was very successful and made significant inroads -- it increased community awareness, gathered community support on petitions and obtained a landmark commitment from Island Health that all six hospice beds would be co-located in a residential care facility with no MAiD restrictions. You can read more in EAC's final press release by clicking here. We all owe that committee a big round of well deserved applause. Visit Our Committee page for information on the volunteers supporting Equal Access Comox Valley.
Why the name Equal Access ?
Some have puzzled at the Equal Access name. When it's understood that thirty- one percent Comox Valley's long-term residential care beds are currently "MAiD- restricted" compared to only six percent for the rest of the island and that only 12% of our residents identify as Roman Catholic then the Equal Access name seems very appropriate.