Saturday, March 14, 2015

Retirement homes vs. long-term care: luxury retirement or nursing care?

"Vibrant Seniors Living"
Rockcliffe Retirement
This story shocked me. There are disparities across the various healthcare systems in our province, let alone across Canada. This woman, age 97, wants to have two home care visits per day, rather than two per week to give her a bath. She lives in a luxury for-profit retirement home, Rockcliffe Retirement.
They offer many services

Apparently, they don't provide enough services for the senior, whose family chose to go to the press.

The Rockcliffe should be totally embarrassed, as they offer assistive living, just not for this 97-year-old!

When I look at my clients, struggling valiantly to provide end-of-life care at home for loved ones, or those trying to maintain independence in subsidized housing, this story makes me angry.

 There are 586,000 clients receiving home care across the province, according to CBC radio's Ontario Today. People with chronic diseases, people recovering from surgery, all needing some home care.

CBC radio's Ontario Today
There are 1000 home care contracts with various institutions between regional CCAC offices and transfer payment agencies (TPA).
The TPAs can be for-profit or non-profits. For example, Bayshore Home Health recorded profits one year of over $400 million dollars across Canada. They send dividends back to shareholders, from money earned from our taxes.

Eve Eagar-Anderson turns 97 next month, is legally blind and prefers to have meals brought to her apartment at the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence because she’s conscious of her struggles to get to food on her plate. 

Though she says there is a waiting list for [publicly paid, CCAC] services, she says spending to provide home care continues to rise. The 2014-15 forecast is $79.9 million compared to $68.4 million spent in 2011-12. The program is universal and is not dependent on a client’s income.

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