One in nine newly admitted long-term care residents could be cared for at home, report says
2020-08-06 from theglobeandmail.com
One in nine newly admitted residents of long-term care facilities could have remained at home with proper supports, according to a new Canadian report.
The analysis by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, which is being released on Thursday, is based on data from several provinces for 2018-19, before the coronavirus pandemic.
“Most of us want to age in place. Most of us don’t really want to go to an institution,” said Tracy Johnson, a director of research and analysis at CIHI, the country’s health care statistics agency.
During the pandemic, advocates for the elderly have called for additional home-care funding to allow more older Canadians to avoid or delay moving into nursing homes. More than 80 per cent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors’ homes.
The CIHI report also concluded that more than one-third of unpaid caregivers for people receiving home care services experienced feelings of distress, anger or depression. Ninety-six per cent of individuals on long-term home care had an unpaid caregiver.
Distressed caregivers spent an average of 38 hours a week providing care, twice the amount of time as those who did not report challenges. Distress rates were higher among those caring for individuals needing greater assistance and those who lived with the person they helped.
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