Canada Health Care
Like many other countries, Canada's publicly-funded health system is being strained by the aging population, growing healthcare requirements and funding shortages.
This can't continue, and although our healthcare system isn't broken, standards in services are slipping, wait times for care are extending, and the federal government and provincial health authorities have spent the past 15 years reducing or completely withdrawing both investments in the healthcare system, and benefits for the Canadian public.
The situation is not yet at a crisis point, but the system needs some adjustments to accommodate the changed demographic landscape and health issues being experienced by Canadians.
The government is promoting visits to local clinics, not the hospital emergency room. The government is promoting staying at home longer, not moving into senior's residences. The government subsidized daycare for children is limited.
According to Stats Canada pre-2008 levels of Live in caregivers entering Canada were in excess of 35,000. Today, less than 15,000 caregivers are entering Canada each year.
The needs of this population for healthcare and health services have evolved, but the resources, processes and structure has not yet been developed.
There is a growing realization that people are falling through the cracks. These people are seniors, children and those with special needs; people for whom home-based care is essential to their health, well-being and dignity, and who cannot get this from the public system.
FACE Personnel's mandate is to try to fill this gap.
Our vision is for home healthcare to become part of the long-term solution for all Canadians.