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A long wait at home for personal care in Winnipeg seems to be a thing of the past – at least for now.
This week, there are 165 vacancies in 38 licensed nursing homes in the city, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority reported. This is a vacancy rate of about three percent. So it was from March last year.
In the past, vacancy rates were less than one percent: up to 100 or more older people occupied beds in local hospitals, waiting for them to be placed in long-term care, and another 200 or more were at home waiting for a place.
WRHA says several recent developments have given the system a breather. In the fall of 2017, the local health care system began offering better home care for older people with high needs in order to keep them in their homes longer. He also developed a nurse response program to assist patients in their homes after being discharged from the hospital.
In addition, in 2017, WRHA signed a two-year contract with All Seniors Care, a private company, to provide temporary care for patients leaving the hospital. The company opened 65 transition beds in Winnipeg at a cost of $ 4.6 million per year. Patients who cannot return home are placed in a personal care home or other long-term care facility.
Krista Williams, director of health operations at WRHA, said these initiatives drastically reduced waiting lists.
“This is a combination of all these expanded community supports that really led to a decrease in the number of people waiting for a PCH bed and an increase in vacancies, because we better support people in the community,” she said.
A study by the Canadian Institute of Health Information in 2017 found that between 20 and 30 percent of residents living in long-term care facilities should not be in such facilities, and the decision to place patients in a nursing home is often premature.
It seems that the WRHA is making some progress in solving this problem. A year ago, he announced that he had drastically reduced the number of patients in hospital beds while waiting for a bed. This week this number is 25. It was four times as many.
Williams said that the reason all these elderly people are in the hospital while waiting for a PCH bed is because families are looking for a hole in a particular house. If the wait is long, the institution will work with the family to find a temporary location, she said.
About 100 elderly people living at home are waiting for a place for personal hygiene. Again, the main reason is that customers and their families are oriented in a certain place. Williams said that if a client’s condition deteriorates quickly, WRHA can work with the family to find a temporary care home.
Jan Legeros, executive director of the Manitoba Long-Term and Long-Term Care Association, welcomed local efforts to ensure that only those who really need a bed for home care are welcome.
She said that the current three percent vacancy rate in nursing homes in Winnipeg is “probably a bit more than we would like to see,” but the beds are unlikely to remain unused for very long.
According to Legeros, due to the rapidly aging population, the need for beds for nursing homes will only grow.
"Outside Winnipeg, there is still a very, very long waiting line for beds for personal hygiene at home," she said, especially at the Interlake-East Regional Health Authority.
“Outside Winnipeg, there is still a very long waiting list for bedding for personal hygiene.” – Jan Legeros, Executive Director, Manitoba Long-Term and Continuing Aid Association
She said that negotiations are underway between the two health authorities to transfer patients to Winnipeg, while there are empty seats in the city, and this has happened on several occasions.
Winnipeg has 5,665 beds in 38 licensed nursing homes.
In 2013, the Manitoba Health Policy Center published a study stating that by 2036, Manitoba would require an additional 5,100 to 6,300 homes for nursing or supporting housing. The same report states that Winnipeg is unlikely to begin to experience strong demand for beds until 2021.
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The expansion of the Sagrada Familia in Winnipeg will add 41 beds to the system by spring. A government spokesman said Wednesday that the province is considering "active proposals" for an additional 360 beds in Steinbach, Karman and Winnipeg.
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