Disappointingly, however, this report gives the government room to pick and choose recommendations as the cabinet likes.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility in Scarborough, Ont. on Dec. 29, 2020. This LTC home has been hit hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Canadians are living longer, but are they living well? The challenges to aging well go beyond the problems in long-term care. Substantial change to Canada's support service systems is long overdue.
The federal government has announced A$850 million for 10,000 additional home-care packages, as part of $1 billion for aged care. Here's why that's not nearly enough.
Life Care Center in Washington state was at the center of the U.S. outbreak back in early March.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
While nursing homes have accounted for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in some states, they've barely been a factor in others. Three experts explain why.
Research out today is a timely reminder of the importance and potential of hospital in the home. This is what the model looks like – and why it's role may become even more valuable post-coronavirus.
Because support from specialized professionals and technologies is often accessed through schools, families of children with disabilities may find childcare and education particularly challenging during COVID-19 school closures.
COVID-19 has left children with disabilities and their families lacking services, at risk for physical and mental health issues, and fearful of discriminatory choices for treating critical illness.
Most home care aides are single women.
Home care aides play a critical role in providing health care to the elderly and other groups at the greatest risk of infection. Yet these workers are vulnerable too.
The house call remains a fundamental medical service in 2020.
From preventing emergency visits to understanding the context of a patient's health issues, house calls have value in a modern medical practice.
We interviewed older gay men, lesbian women, and trans women about their perceptions of residential aged care. Our research shows we need to make aged care safer for LGBTI+ people.
Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce.
A new system of carers' leave would allow middle-aged Australians to care for their ageing parents while staying in the workforce.
More older Americans are opting to die at home, often with the emotional support of a home care worker.
More than one-quarter of home care workers are born outside of the U.S. Stricter immigration laws could make it harder to find people to do this aide work.
Home care providers’ profits are growing but many older Australians are missing out on quality care.
The Conversation / Shutterstock
This week the aged care royal commission heard evidence of long waits for home care, poorly trained staff and high fees. These 10 charts explain how the system works and why it's under such pressure.
Many older Australians prefer to stay at home than enter residential aged care – but the process of securing home care is riddled with complexities.
An elderly lady needs to change the time a carer visits to help her shower. The reality of today's market-driven home care system means she has to call a centralised 1800 number to arrange this.
In December, more than 127,000 Australians were waiting for a home care package.
The government will keep increasing the number of subsidised home care services, but it needs to find the right funding balance for the system to remain sustainable.
Many older Australians want to stay at home, but will need help to be able to do so.
Home care packages are a viable alternative to residential aged care for many older Australians. But the process to secure these packages can be long and complicated.
The Ontario government tabled legislation Dec.6 which would increase the number of young children who can be cared for at once by home child care providers. The proposed legislation is as part of larger reform measures introduced under the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act that the province says will cut red tape for businesses.
Low-income, less-educated parents with non-standard work schedules rely most on home child-care providers whose rules would be relaxed under proposed legislation.
Up to 80 per cent of community care for older adults is provided by unpaid informal caregivers. In the absence of government supports, many of them struggle with exhaustion, stress and depression.
Informal caregivers contribute $25 million to the Canadian economy in unpaid labour, receiving virtually no financial support or emotional respite. More web-based interventions could help.
People in Canada and around the world are living longer thanks to public health and modern medicine. It’s time to treat aging as an asset, not a process of decline.
The population is aging in Canada and around the world. It's time to focus our attentions on optimal aging instead of grimly tallying the burdens of growing old.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about.
Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?