Telehealth has grown more and more common, especially through the pandemic, however, many health professionals are reluctant to use it when it comes to patients who are older adults. In fact, a new survey of 7,000 healthcare providers reveals that more than 60 percent of clinicians believe using telehealth is dangerous for older adults.
Researchers said the lack of home-based care worsened medical conditions for a number of patients. At the same time, care providers reported feeling ill-prepared to advise patients on deciding whether or not to continue care because they said they lacked sufficient information and training.
The global population is getting older and people living longer is driving a major change in the demographics of our communities.
This rapidly ageing population will require specialized care for those later in life and also changes to where and how the elderly live.
Repurposing homes and making changes to public health and medical care will help us address these challenges.
"Seniors are showing that they're willing to adapt to that technology if it's introduced in the right way. I think if we start to work together more, integrate our activities more, the likelihood that we can build up what I would call a new infrastructure of community really goes up."
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As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build a better future for everyone, the Government of Canada continues to address the existing gaps in our health care system that were exposed by the pandemic, particularly for those in long-term care homes. By working with provinces and territories, Government of Canada can ensure all seniors get the care they deserve when they need it, no matter where they live.
HSO developed its first long-term care services standards between 2012 and 2014, which were then revised between 2018 and 2020.
Under the new proposed guidelines that build on the previous standards from 2020, the criteria for resident-centred care, safe practices and a healthy and competent workforce have been added.
Residents of care facilities are required to isolate for 10 days if a worker or another resident on their floor tests positive for COVID-19. Béland, who chairs a committee representing residents at her mother's facility, said she agrees COVID-19-positive residents should isolate. But she says she worries a 10-day isolation period for others on their floor causes more harm than good.