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Most seniors living at home have chronic problems: report

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Many aging Canadians still living in their homes are suffering from chronic health conditions.

Some scary statistics are out from the Conference Board of Canada, as concerns continue to be raised over a 90-year-old senior who was apparently discharged in the middle of the night from Delta Hospital.

Seventy-five per cent of people over 65 living at home suffer from at least one major health issue, according to the report. Louis Thériault with the Board says more planning needs to be done now.

“The population in general recognizes that this is a priority, but what we see if that the health care system is still anchored around what is provided in a hospital environment.”

The Board cites a 2011 national household survey that found most seniors are being cared for by friends and family, unpaid time that totalled about 1.5 billion hours.

“Right now, the resources are still as it has been for the last 50 years, focused on hospitals. So we have to have to conversation at a different level so we can meet these needs going forward as the aging trend continues,” says Thériault.

Fifty-two per cent of respondents selected “home care” as an appropriate area for governments to focus health care funding, surpassing “hospitals” and second only to “doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.”

However, fewer than one in five people are satisfied with the availability of affordable home care in this country.

Click here to find the full report from the Conference Board of Canada.