Survey shows seniors have preference for home care

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Home Care Ontario has just released the results of a survey conducted by Campaign Research as part of their Choose Home Care campaign.

Home Care C-E-O, Sue VanderBent says the survey was particularly timely because of COVID-19 and how the pandemic highlighted some of the weaknesses in our current long term care system.

Vanderbent says the surveyed more than a thousand Ontario residents over the age of 55 and they asked people about staying at home and their plans for retirement in terms of their residence.

“So we asked people about staying at home and their plans for retirement in terms of their residence. So 91 per cent of the seniors that we surveyed said they want to stay at home, in their own homes for as long as possible.”

She adds, 93 per cent said they would prefer to stay at home after a health issue.

“93 per cent said they would prefer to stay at home after a health issue, like if they had a fall or a little stroke or whatever they might need, they would prefer to stay at home with additional support.”

 

Additionally, 95 per cent said they believed their own home was the safest place for them.

VanderBent adds 59 per cent of respondents said they believed that personal support workers should be paid the same whether they’re working in home care or in the long term care system or in hospitals.