December 20, 2012 | British Columbia
The senior population in Canada is rapidly increasing, and as this demographic grows the demand for certain healthcare services expands as well. Many of these individuals will eventually need attention for medical issues, but there has been a decline in these offerings that could soon affect how provinces deal with healthcare situations, The Vancouver Sun reports.
According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), there has been a large decline in home and community care services and facilities in the past decade, with these features decreasing by 14 per cent even as the senior population continued to grow.
"A decade of underfunding and restructuring has led to a home and community care system that is fragmented, confusing to navigate and unable to meet seniors' needs," the CCPA reported, as quoted by The Vancouver Observer.
Whereas the current most popular method of care is restricted to organisations like hospitals or nursing homes, the future could see more community facilities and home care options. Home care has decreased recently due to a high demand for resources such as nurses, but that may be changing as more Canadians turn to nursing as their profession of choice.