The use of home care services has notably increased in the last decade. This report takes a deeper look at the seniors who are receiving home care, the family caregivers who are lending support, and the overall challenges of home care in
Most seniors live at home and want to stay there as long as possible. In this report, we provide a snapshot of seniors receiving home care in five regions across
Canada (the Yukon, Ontario, Nova Scotia, the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in ). Manitoba
Along with our analyses of home care data, we feature caregiver stories that take a poignant look at the struggles seniors and their caregivers face, as their health care needs increase.
We profile a number of Canadian innovative practices, as well as some international examples of how home care can be integrated within the wider health care system. The recent Senate committee review of the 2004 health accords, Time for Transformative Change, also stressed the importance of integration, calling for governments to develop and implement a continuing care strategy for
This month, leaders in Canadian home care will be blogging from their unique perspectives in the system. Look for Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director of the Canadian Home Care Association; John Hirdes, interRAI expert and consultant for our report; Shirlee Sharkey, CEO of Saint Elizabeth; and
Susan Eng, Vice President for Advocacy at CARP.
We’ll also hear from Kevin Mercer, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington CCAC, who’ll blog about some system issues surrounding home care, and Paul Holyoke, a home care researcher who will blog about the experiences of home care providers, clients, and caregivers and their perspective on meaningful approaches to care.
On May 9th, we look forward to bringing you a webinar called, Canadian Home Care Priorities For Seniors: What Can We Learn From
? The webinar will feature Jeff Fiebig, an expert on Australia Australia’s National Aged Care System, who’ll discuss how was able to integrate care for seniors. Pamela Fralick of the Canadian Healthcare Association and Nadine Henningsen of the Canadian Home Care Association will provide commentary on what we can learn from Australia ’s experience. Australia
Aging well matters to all of us. In developing this report, we also drew from our own experiences with family members facing similar challenges and the many personal stories we heard. We hope you’ll find much to talk about and share in your conversations about the future of seniors’ care in
. We hope this report will generate discussion and conversation about your own experiences and the future of senior care in Canada . Canada
Shilpi MajumderPolicy Lead
Health Council of