The global coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront the need for Canadians to change their way of thinking on how to best support older adults as they age. Throughout the pandemic the media and all levels of government have focused primarily on long term care facilities. They have overlooked the vast majority of elderly Canadians who live at home and have plans to remain there or in a similar environment for as long as possible.
In a survey conducted by Home Care Ontario in July 2020, 93 per cent of the 1,000 respondents comprised of older adults (55 years of age and older) indicated their desire to stay in their own home. Long-term care is not where most people would choose to live, although it will inevitably be necessary for some.
The time has come to start a much needed conversation about alternative housing solutions and to consider how they can be implemented successfully to meet the needs of Canadians.
Read more about current models and the future of seniors communities here:
View the July 2020 Home Care Ontario study here: