Aging in Place with Home Care Assistance
If you’re like most Canadians, you’ve got a loved one who plans to “age in place.”
In fact, there’s never been a point in history where you’re more likely to be in this situation. Canada now has more seniors than children. By 2031, close to 25 percent of B.C.’s population is projected to be at least 65 years of age, with the number of those 80 years and older set to double between 2011 and 2036 (McGrail et al., 2000).
The majority of Canada’s senior population wants to “age in place successfully,” enjoy their Golden Years in the comfort of their own homes and communities.
But what does it mean to “age in place successfully”?
According to the Government of Canada, successful aging in places means “having the health and social supports you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able.” That’s not a lot to ask–the freedom to live independently, with the luxury of privacy and comfort, but never at the cost of safety. These are the foundations of ABC British Columbia’s home care assistance services.
But for seniors living in British Columbia–particularly those in the rural north–finding quality home care assistance isn’t always easy. A 2005 report by the Canadian Geographer journal flagged major home care assistance shortages in the face of the senior population boom:
“whereas much of southern Canada experienced migration patterns that reduced the effects of population ageing to varying degrees or else experienced higher net in-migration rates amongst seniors than non-seniors over at least the past decade (i.e., ageing-in-place through congregation), northern BC appears to have been affected by the faster out-migration of non-seniors than seniors over this time period, a scenario otherwise known as ageing-in-place due to accumulation (Hanlon &Halseth, 2005, p. 5-6).
At the same time that a combination of economic factors caused a big portion of the non-senior population–and thus, the home care assistance workforce–to migrate away from rural North British Columbia, local communities “experienced faster growth in the population aged sixty-five to seventy-nine than did the rest of the province” (Hanlon &Halseth, 2005, p. 6).
Many seniors were forced to relocate. The demand for home care assistance was too much; the supply had run short.
Fortunately, things have changed. Seniors in North Vancouver, BC have more customizable home care options in 2019 than ever before.
Aging in place in North Vancouver, British Columbia
Always Best Care British Columbia offers quality home care assistance to promote successful aging-in-place for families in North Vancouver, BC.
We offer a broad spectrum of home care assistance services that are fully customized to suit your loved one’s needs, budget, and preferences. Whether your loved one needs minor assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), or round-the-clock care and supervision, we can help.
All of our staff are licensed, bonded, and insured, and care providers must complete ongoing training to ensure their skills are always polished and up-to-date.
The first step in our process includes a personal consultation with a Care Coordinator at no charge to you. In our meeting, we will thoroughly discuss your care needs, create a detailed care plan, and work with you on financing and logistics.
You can book your free consultation and learn more about our home care assistance here.
Hanlon, N., &Halseth, G. (2005). The greying of resource communities in northern British Columbia: implications for health care delivery in already-underserved communities. Canadian Geographer/Le Géographecanadien, 49(1), 1-24.
McGrail, K., Green, B., Barer, M. L., Evans, R. G., Hertzman, C., & Normand, C. (2000). Age, costs of acute and long-term care and proximity to death: evidence for 1987-88 and 1994-95 in British Columbia. Age and Ageing, 29(3), 249-253.