Home Care a Growing Part of Medical Care

Home Care a Growing Part of Medical Care

The first of Canada’s baby boomers turned 65 years old in 2011, marking the beginning of the anticipated demographic shift which will give rise to an increase in the proportion of Canadians aged 65 years and older. Today, 14% of the population is over 65 years but by 2021, this will rise to 6.7 million people and by 2036, almost 25% of Canadians, or 10 million people, will be seniors. It also heard that in many regions of low population density – that is rural Canada, the senior population is already disproportionately high. Furthermore, by 2041, 4% of the population, or about 1.6 million Canadians, will be over the age of 85 years.

Heart attacks and stroke, or cardiovascular disease, account for slightly less than 30% of deaths overall; however, they are the leading cause of death and disability among Canadians 65 years and older. The single largest predictor of stroke and that probability of stroke begins to rise at age 55 and doubles every decade thereafter.

As the Senior Boomers continue to age, many will experience health and physical problems; some ailments will be long lasting, and some will occur in combinations. Indeed, 82 percent of the nation’s current seniors have one chronic health condition, and 50 percent have at least two.

Among the most troublesome chronic health problems faced by older (and even middle-aged) adults:

Impaired Mobility – More than 40 percent of those between 50 and 64 report problems with mobility; 2 percent are so impaired they need regular help with their personal care.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – More than 500,000 Canadians currently suffer from Alzheimer’s. By 2038, incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise to one new case every two minutes or 257,800 new cases.

Stroke – Almost 50,000 strokes occur in Canada. each year. 6% of older Canadians have a stroke each year.

Academic research commissioned by Home Instead Senior Care indicates that professional in-home non-medical care can be an integral part of the care continuum for seniors who also receive treatment from healthcare professionals. More specifically, the research shows that for older adults, non-medical in-home care has important benefits:

  • It can fit seamlessly into a regimen that would otherwise consist of more formal clinical care – especially for those who are older or who need more-intensive levels of care.
  • It is associated with a lower incidence of visits to doctors’ offices, potentially saving healthcare dollars and improving the quality of life for seniors.
  • It results in more hours of care – and in most instances, better care.

Home Care Hamilton helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home.
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