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The Globe and Mail (July 11): Provinces struggling to provide proper care for seniors: Report

Provincial health-care systems are struggling to place Canadians in the appropriate continuing-care settings they need, potentially adding to wait times and barriers to care, according to a new report.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report found one in five seniors who have lower-priority needs could have delayed or even avoided admission to residential care and instead received care in their own home or in home-like settings.

This would open up bed spaces for those who desperately need the service and allow seniors to stay in their communities longer. CIHI defines residential care as support provided in a specialized facility that includes 24-hour nursing supervision.

“If we continue as we currently are, there will be a lot of pressure on the health-care system with an increasingly aging population,” said Georgina MacDonald, CIHI’s vice-president for Western Canada, who oversaw the work on the report. “I am hoping that this report will shed light on areas that people can be paying attention to, including partnering with community services and exploring innovative programs to ensure people are receiving the care they need.”

 

Author: Miriam Katawazi

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