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Health Begins at Home - Canadian Nurses Association

  • Published: 2014-11-25 : Canadian Nurses Association (www.cna-aiic.ca).
  • Synopsis: Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) meeting with MPs and senators to improve health for seniors by providing health care to elderly in their homes.

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Quote: "The issue of seniors care and healthy aging has a wide scope with many elements, and it is one in which many provider groups, sectors and governments are working"

A national Nanos poll conducted for CNA found that virtually all Canadians agree it is important to be able to age at home with the benefit of home-based care (75 per cent said it was important, 21 per cent that it was somewhat important).

"Clearly Canadians want action on seniors care and healthy aging," said CNA president Karima Velji. "Enhancing home health care makes sense because it's what Canadians want, but also because the evidence shows it can make positive differences in a person's health status, relieve pressure on overcrowded care facilities and lead to performance efficiencies in the health system."

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicate that seniors, who represent about 14 per cent of Canada's population, use hospital services more often than any other age group, with hospital stays by those 65 and older at 40 per cent. It is estimated that, on any given day in Canada, 7,500 hospital beds are occupied by patients who are cleared for hospital discharge but who cannot access the appropriate next phase of care. Of those patients, 2,100 will be waiting for home care services, 3,300 will be waiting for a long-term care bed and over 800 will die while they are in the process of such waiting.

"The issue of seniors care and healthy aging has a wide scope with many elements, and it is one in which many provider groups, sectors and governments are working," said Velji. "CNA has developed a specific set of focused recommendations that the federal government can lead today. We're happy that public polling validated our solutions. They represent a lot of research and collaboration with the health community, not to mention the expertise and the first-hand experience of Canada's nearly 300,000 RNs."

CNA's recommendations:

Nanos Research poll highlights:

CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada representing 151,404 registered nurses. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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