1 in 3 Manitoba seniors in care could stay at home with right supports, study suggests
Out of six provinces, Manitoba has the highest proportion of seniors in long-term care facilities who could potentially live at home with the right supports, a study released Tuesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information suggests.
The CIHI report Seniors in Transition: Exploring Pathways Across the Care Continuum says 33 per cent of Manitoba seniors in the continuing care system showed low to moderate signs of round-the-clock care needs.
“I thought that was really high,” said Verena Menec, professor in the University of Manitoba’s department of community health sciences.
The research suggests B.C. has the lowest proportion of seniors prematurely in care (15 per cent), while the average across six participating provinces was pegged at 22 per cent. There are currently about 5,700 seniors in Winnipeg care homes; only facilities that are part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority were studied.
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