Advocates for the elderly have called on the Canadian government for additional home-care funding and supports that would allow elderly Canadians avoid or delay moving into long term care facilities. More than 80 per cent of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been linked to long term care homes.
A recent Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report concluded that caregivers for people receiving home care services experienced feelings of distress, anger or depression. Distressed caregivers spent an average of 38 hours a week providing care, twice the amount of time as those who did not report challenges. Distress rates were also much higher among those caring for individuals needing greater assistance as when caring for a person living with Dementia.