Yet new data about elder caring gaps, this for Canada

Here is the start of a Globe & Mail article the other day, and it totally supports our ealirer UK posting on this subject:

Sys­tem must fo­cus on se­nior care strat­egy
AN­DRÉ PI­CARD api­card@globe­and­mail.com
The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition)
19 August, 2013

Cana­di­ans have lit­tle con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of the health-care sys­tem to meet the needs of a bur­geon­ing num­ber of se­niors and they are look­ing to gov­ern­ment to shift their pri­or­i­ties and come up with a plan.

That’s the mes­sage that emerges from a new poll com­mis­sioned by the Cana­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The anx­i­ety Cana­di­ans have about health care in their so­called golden years is both real and well-founded,” said Anna Reid, out­go­ing pres­i­dent of the CMA.

Na­tion­wide, three in five re­spon­dents said they be­lieved there would not be suf­fi­cient hos­pi­tal beds, long-term care and home-care ser­vices to meet de­mand in their golden years.

How­ever, there are sig­nif­i­cant re­gional dif­fer­ences. In Que­bec, for ex­am­ple, 56 per cent of those polled said the health sys­tem is ready for the so-called grey tsunami, com­pared to 31 per cent in At­lantic Canada.

Where there is near-unan­i­mous agree­ment – 93 per cent – is around the idea that gov­ern­ments should unite to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive se­niors’ strat­egy. A large num­ber of re­spon­dents, 78 per cent, said Ot­tawa should play a sig­nif­i­cant role in de­vel­op­ing the strat­egy, de­spite the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s stand that health is strictly a pro­vin­cial mat­ter.

“Let there be no doubt that a na­tional strat­egy for se­niors’ health care should be a fed­eral pri­or­ity,” Dr. Reid said.

She added that the poll re­sults send a strong mes­sage that the pub­lic wants ac­tion.

The repeating key point is that the system can't deliver to meet our expectations about eldercare. We need to work harder than ever to plan ahead, to research needed resources, to define and enlist  the help of others… lots to do! And we can't start soon enough anymore. 

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