2017 Budget Includes Six Billion Dollars for Home Care

Monday, April 17, 2017

Over the next 10 years, Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott promised, Canada will be spending six billion dollars to improve care partner supports and improve access to home care and palliative care. Older adults often want to live at home; unfortunately, independent living may put seniors at risk of falling, missing medication, and becoming malnourished, which in many cases results in hospitalization or moving into a long-term care facility. Preventing this is important, both financially and in terms of quality of life: on average, a stay in an Ontario hospital costs about $850; daily home care costs can be as low as $55. “The fact that on any given day 15 per cent of hospital beds are occupied by people who would like to be somewhere else, who could be moved to a more appropriate setting, shows we have a lot of work to do,” Philpott stated. In terms of care partner supports, the Canada Caregiver Credit as well as the Employment Insurance caregiving benefit will also be available for Canadians whose family members are injured or sick. “We have to do better for Canadians. Our healthcare systems have to keep up with changing demographics.”

SOURCE: York Region: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7237666-home-care-to-get-6-billion-from-federal-government/

DATE RETRIEVED: April 13, 2017

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