Continuum of Care: A Journey from Home to Long Term Care

Continuum of Care: A Journey from Home to Long Term Care - Infographic

WHY WE DID IT

  • DEMOGRAPHICS: Aging Canadian population, War Service Veterans declining, aging CAF population
  • 1,983 COMPLAINTS to OVO re VIP and LTC since 2007
  • STAKEHOLDER CONCERNS about complexity and unmet needs
  • VAC is reviewing health care regulations

WHY NOW?

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR CHANGE

There are an estimated 670,100 Veterans in Canada. Some key details of that population:

  • There are an estimated 69,700 War Service Veterans and 600,400 CAF Veterans
  • The average age of War Service Veterans is 91
  • The average age of CAF Veterans is 57
  • The CAF releases approximately 8700 Regular and Reserve Force members per year
  • More than one-third (37%) of the total CAF Veteran population in Canada is 65 or older
  • The proportion of CAF Veterans aged 80 or older is expected to triple over the next decade, from 5% in 2015-16 to 15% in 2025-26

WHAT DID WE FIND?

Inadequate support between “At-Home” Care and Long Term Care

Programs are too complex and based on type of military service rather than need

  • 32 separate policies
  • 28 distinct eligibility groups

LOOKING AHEAD

  • A SINGLE “CONTINUUM OF CARE” PROGRAM that is simple, adaptive and meets needs
  • A COHESIVE STRATEGY that considers the Canadian Health Care System

7 RECOMMENDATIONS TO:

  • ADJUST existing benefits to ensure adequate support for family members and caregivers
  • INCREASE support for assisted living options
  • REDUCE the complexity of eligibility criteria
  • CREATE a single “Continuum of Care Program” that fits within the context of the Canadian Health Care System
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