New Feature: Weekly News from the front lines in Seniors’ Long Term-Care, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH
BACKGROUNDER: CITIZEN WATCH was created as a public service for the people of Alberta. It was the work of an ever-widening network of individuals from across the province, including families and friends of long term care and assisted or supportive living residents and those requiring long term care supports in their own homes. CITIZEN WATCH WEBSITE
Strong protection for vulnerable seniors
A provincial investment of more than $170 million will help keep residents and staff in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges safe from COVID-19. AB GOVT. MEDIA RELEASE
Long-Term Care Today
Challenges in long-term care in Europe. A study of national policies 2018
Population ageing is a key common challenge for Member States in the medium- to longer- term perspective.
The European Union (EU) is facing significant demographic changes, with people living longer and healthier lives and with lower birth rates – over the next five decades, the number of Europeans aged 80+ is set to rise from 4.9% in 2016 to 13% in 2070.
The old-age dependency ratio (people aged 65 or above relative to those aged 15- 64) is projected to grow by 21.6 percentage points, from 29.6% in 2016 to 51.2% in 2070. For the EU, public expenditure on LTC is projected to increase from 1.6% to 2.7% of GDP between 2016 and 2070 6. Increasing costs are an important challenge for the fiscal sustainability of LTC.
LTC is labour-intensive, relying heavily on informal care.
However, in future, the demand for formal care is likely to further increase as a result of
- the reduced availability of informal carers resulting from changing family patterns (notably the increase in the number of single households),
- the growing participation of women in the labour market,
- increased workforce mobility and d) expected further increases in the retirement age.
At the same time, the skill-set that the care workforce is required to have is increasingly diverse: from “traditional” care-related competences and soft skills to technological expertise related to advancements in health technologies.
In parallel, the attractiveness of the formal care sector to potential workers is undermined by negative perceptions that are related to poor working conditions, stressful working environments, lack of clearly-defined career paths and lack of development opportunities.