Wednesday, May 13, 2009

who will profit?

The incredible disparities between those who have and those who have not will increase.

Agencies that that operate on a non-profit basis continue to struggle for government dollars, as they function as Transfer Payment Agencies.

Yet, private, for profit agencies are seeing an increase in business from adult children who have the means to pay for private care and keep seniors in their homes. Owner of Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services says their client base has increased by 25%.

Aging in place gets a boost
The Gazette (Montreal) - Quebec,Canada. March 5, 2009
By Shannon Proudfoot, Canwest News Service Gail Watson likes having the option of private health care as opposed to public care for her

The article says:

"Another provider, Home Instead Senior Care, says revenues increased by 24 per cent in 2008 and it projects similar growth for 2009 from 22 independently owned locations across Canada."

The reality is that adult children cannot afford to care for seniors in their homes and jeopardize their jobs. Some seniors would have relied on profits from selling their homes to pay for retirement homes, or home care, but the housing market isn't doing well.

This is a tricky situation, in that caregivers (primarily female) risk losing salaries, pay increases, hourly wages, and pensions, by giving seniors the type of care unavailable in the system. We relied on Red Cross workers in my father's retirement home to supplement his care suport. I was working full-time, and we could not meet his needs elsewhere as we waited for a long-term care placement.

Certainly, if a wife has to go into a nursing-type facility, with my parent's generation the husbands are often unable to meet their daily (ADL and IADL) needs. Some cannot drive, many cannot cook or clean. I worry about what will happen to these seniors without adequate care.

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