Let’s impose a host of new charghes on seniors in care

Reader has ideas to squeeze the last few dollars out of seniors.

Editor: I see the Fraser Health Authority will be charging seniors in care homes for the use of a wheelchair. Well, it’s about time. These freeloaders have been living the good life at the expense of the rest of us taxpayers for too long.

I hope the health authority rightly points out that it costs money for the upkeep of the wheelchairs.

I hope this is just the first of many steps to make these seniors pay for their keep. Take bedsheets for example. They have to be washed. Surely there should be a fee for that as well. Blankets should be rented.

Toilets need frequent maintenance. Make the toilets pay toilets. Toilet paper should be dispensed also on a pay-per-use basis.

If individuals don’t wish to use their hands to eat a meal, they should have to rent utensils.

Visitors cause wear and tear on floors. Surely there should be a visiting fee to assist in upkeep. Staff time is valuable. Seniors should pay for interactions with staff. I have many other ideas as well, should anyone be interested.

No senior should have the luxury of having a few dollars left over to spend on themselves at the end of the month.

I look forward anxiously for further developments from our health authorities.

Barry Whaites,