1 in 5 seniors in residential care don’t need to be there: report

Blair Crawford, The Ottawa Citizen

A fifth of seniors admitted to residential care in Canada don’t need to be there and could have continued living together in their own homes if they had proper support, according to a study released Tuesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The study also showed that a senior already in hospital is more than six times more likely to go directly into long-term care than a senior who’s assessed for long-term care while living at home. The study, Seniors in Transition, highlights the need for health organizations to plan and coordinate their services as Canada’s population ages, said Georgina MacDonald, CIHI’s vice president.

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