Its no secret that aging seniors want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. In general, home is where living is the most comfortable and satisfying; a reasonable assumption that would apply to most people not just seniors.
Data from the Office of the Seniors Advocate, British Columbia, supports this assertion as we had stated previously stated in our recent blogpost (Home Instead Exhibits at Awareness for Senior Services).
It is estimated that approximately 93% of the seniors aged over 65 and ~74% of seniors aged over 85 are living independently (private dwellings) in BC; and these trends are likely to continue in the future.
Health Minister Adrian Dix also stated in an interview recently, "We have to provide what most people want, which is the ability to live in their community."
Even for seniors who are looking for a move from home to a care facility for some additional assistance the process is an arduous task with a long lead times. Demand for government-subsidized facilities far exceeds supply: As of August 2017, nearly 1,500 people were on waiting lists for residential care — more than one quarter of those taking up valuable hospital beds while waiting. Another 750 people were waiting for assisted-living places, according to the Office of the Seniors Advocate (source Vancouver Sun, Finding Care for BC Seniors, Jun 18, 2018).
With BC's senior population growing the province's population aged 65 and older is projected to increase sizably from 916,500 this year to more than 1.4 million by 2030, when one out of every four people in B.C. will be a senior. With the health system already pressured, these are staggering numbers imply that more and more seniors will be needing support to live longer and effectively in their homes as they age.
High-quality home care services providers such as Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and Vancouver) can help seniors and their families within their community in this effort. With a full range of premium home care services Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and Vancouver) can play a critical role in the mission of keeping senior loved ones where they most want to be i.e. home!Acting before it get's too late is key for seniors to make this mission a successful outcome. Starting well in advance requires anticipating challenges with daily activities in advance and taking small steps to increase the efficiency of senior living dwellings for later years. Even seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's who are in the early or moderate phase of the disease can continue living at home with the right planning.
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