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Continuing Care in BC
Did you know that there are 1,802 residential care beds outside of the publicly-funded system across BC?[i]
As of November 2016, MyCareFinder has a listing of 117 vacant unsubsidized residential care beds.[ii] Please note that this is only partial listing of the vacant beds throughout BC.
Wait times for access to publicly-subsidized residential care in Canada ranges anywhere from 27 to 230 days.[iii]
As of March 2014, there were over 3,200 assisted living beds across the province outside of the publicly-funded system.[iv]
The average residential care home building in British Columbia has been in operation for 31 years.[v]
Seniors in BC and Canada
As of 2015, there are now more seniors over the age of 65 living in Canada than youth under the age of 15.[vi]
By 2036, seniors over the age of 65 will account for approximately 25% of the population.[vii]
Over 747,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – that’s 15% of Canadians 65 and older.[viii]
Seniors’ Health Care
There are only 42 geriatricians in British Columbia.[xi]
Approximately 13% of BC’s hospital beds are filled with patients who are ready to bed discharged, but for whom there is no appropriate place to go.[xii]
Half of these patients are awaiting discharge into residential care, while others are waiting for home care, assisted living, or other services in the community.[xiii]
To learn more about these patients waiting for appropriate care and supports in the community, click here:
For additional information and statistics on Continuing Care and Seniors in BC, check out the references below and the BC Care Providers Association’s quick facts directory at www.bccare.ca/about-us/quick-facts/
[i] Office of the Seniors Advocate British Columbia. British Columbia Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory. March 18, 2016. https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca/osa-reports/british-columbia-residential-care-facilities-quick-facts-directory/
[ii] This figure is based on the subset of BC Care Providers Association members that have reported their vacant unsubsidized residential care beds. As not all BCCPA members have reported their vacancies, this is only a fraction of the beds that are likely vacant and unsubsidized across the province.
[iii] Canadian Medical Association. Doctors to leaders: Canadians want a Seniors Care Plan in election. August 2, 2015. Accessed at: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/doctors-to-leaders-canadians-want-a-seniors-care-plan-in-election-520419582.html
[iv] Office of the Seniors Advocate British Columbia. Senior’s Housing in BC: Affordable-Appropriate-Available. May 2015. https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca/osa-reports/seniors-housing-in-b-c-affordable-appropriate-available/
[v] Adapted from: Office of the Seniors Advocate British Columbia. British Columbia Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory. March 18, 2016. https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca/osa-reports/british-columbia-residential-care-facilities-quick-facts-directory/
[vi] Statistics Canada. Canada’s Population estimates: Age and sex, July 1, 2015.
[vii] British Columbia-Level Population Projects. Population by Selected Age Groups – % Distribution. May 2015.
[viii] Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. A new way of looking at the impact of dementia in Canada. 2012. http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/About-dementia/What-is-dementia/Dementia-numbers
[ix]Hogan, David B. et al. “Specialist Physicians in Geriatrics—Report of the Canadian Geriatrics Society Physician Resource Work Group.” Canadian Geriatrics Journal 15.3 (2012): 68–79. PMC. Accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3521321/. As noted in table 1 of the article, different sources estimate between 39 and 43 certified specialists in geriatric medicine in BC.
[x] Canadian Medical Association. Pediatrics Profile. 2015 https://www.cma.ca/Assets/assets-library/document/en/advocacy/Pediatrics-e.pdf
[xi] Hogan, David B. et al. “Specialist Physicians in Geriatrics—Report of the Canadian Geriatrics Society Physician Resource Work Group.” Canadian Geriatrics Journal 15.3 (2012): 68–79. PMC. Accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3521321/. As noted in table 1 of the article, different sources estimate between 39 and 43 certified specialists in geriatric medicine in BC.
[xii] Quality-Innovation-Collaboration: Strengthening Seniors Care Delivery in BC. BC Care Providers Association. September 2015. Accessed at: http://www.bccare.ca/wp-content/uploads/BCCPA-White-Paper-QuIC-FINAL-2015.pdf
[xiii] Exploring alternative level of care (ALC) and the role of funding policies: An evolving evidence base for Canada. Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. September 2011. Accessed at: http://www.cfhi-fcass.ca/sf-docs/default-source/commissioned-research-reports/0666-HC-Report-SUTHERLAND_final.pdf