On talk shows, in news headlines, and in speaking with seniors, nurses hear the same stories: seniors who need care don’t know where to turn. Most seniors want to “age in place,” maintaining their independence for as long as possible. Home care is in short supply, and there are long wait times for long-term care. Access, expense, and safety are significant concerns for seniors seeking care.
As the number of seniors in the Canadian population continues to grow, the crisis of care is set to worsen. Data from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information confirm that seniors are living longer than ever, with increasingly complex conditions.
And yet, Canada’s spending on long-term care as a percentage of GDP remains stagnant, lagging behind the OECD average.