Long-Term Care Today

New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors’ LTC, 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 


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Quotes of the Week:

“I think one of the things that is very clear is our current system of supporting seniors across this country has not worked,” 

Justin Trudeau
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Main Headline:

Three-quarters of Alberta’s COVID-19 deaths have come at long-term care facilities: CIHI


Health Minister says province’s death rate remains low, relative to number of residents in long-term care

Alberta has experienced the fourth-highest proportion of COVID-19 deaths at long-term care facilities among provinces, according to the latest analysis from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The analysis found 537 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in Alberta and 101 deaths as of late May, which represented about eight per cent of total cases in the province and 73 per cent of total deaths.

Nova Scotia had the highest proportion of deaths in long-term care, at 97 per cent, followed by Quebec and Ontario, each at roughly 82 per cent.

Quebec and Ontario have seen far more deaths, in terms of sheer numbers. More than 3,300 people have died in long-term care in Quebec and more than 1,700 in Ontario, according to CIHI’s analysis.

Percentage of seniors (65+) in LTC by province and territory, 2018–2019

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The OECD Health Division has an ongoing programme of work to support countries in developing long-term care systems that can meet the needs of their populations now and in the future.

Key issues in long-term care policy

As people get older, it becomes more likely that they will need day-to-day help with activities such as washing and dressing, or help with household activities such as cleaning and cooking. This type of support (along with some types of medical care) is what is called long-term care.

Demand for long-term care is expected to rise, thanks in part to ageing populations and increasing prevalence of long-term conditions such as dementia.

A significant share of the spending on LTC services is covered by government or compulsory insurance schemes. Total government/compulsory spending on LTC (including both the health and social care components) accounted for 1.7% of GDP on average across OECD countries in 2017. At 3.7% of GDP, the highest spender was the Netherlands, followed by Norway (3.3%) and Sweden (3.2%). In these countries, public expenditure on LTC was around double the OECD average. At the other end of the scale, Hungary, Estonia, Poland, and Latvia all allocated less than 0.5% of their GDP to the delivery of LTC services.

Long-term care expenditure (health and social components) by government and compulsory insurance schemes, as a share of GDP, 2017 (or nearest year) 

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