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For a long time, waitresses in Winnipeg seem to be past – at least for the time being.
This week, a total of 165 free beds are allocated to 38 licensed care facilities in the city, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said. This is a vacancy rate of about three percent. It has been since last March.
In the past, the vacancy rate was less than one percent, with up to 100 or more seniors taking beds in local hospitals while waiting for long-term care, and another 200 or more at home waiting for a point.
WRHA says several recent developments have given the respiratory system. In the autumn of 2017, the local healthcare system began to offer improved home care for the elderly with a high need to keep them in their homes longer. She has also developed a fast-paced nursing care program that helps patients in their homes after being expelled from the hospital.
Also, in 2017, WRHA signed a two-year contract with private company All Seniors Care to provide temporary care to patients leaving the hospital. The company opened 65 transition beds in Winnipeg for $ 4.6 million a year. Patients who can not return home are placed in a child care home or other long-term care facility.
Krista Williams, head of the WRHA Health Service, said these initiatives significantly reduced waiting lists.
"It's a combination of all the improved community support that has really led to a drop in the number of people waiting for FB beds and increasing vacancies because we've been better supporting individuals in the community," she said.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2017, estimates that 20 to 30 percent of the long-term care population does not have to be in such institutions and the decision to place patients in guardianship is often premature.
It seems that WRHA is making some progress in solving this problem. A year ago, she announced she had sharply reduced the number of patients who received hospital beds while waiting for a child care home. This week's number is 25. This was four times higher.
Williams said that the reason why all the elderly are in the hospital is waiting for a PCH bed because families are looking for opening in a particular house. If the waiting time is longer, the institution will work with the family to find a temporary place, she said.
There are about 100 seniors in the house who are waiting for a home care home. Again, the main reason is that clients and their families have their views set at a specific location. Williams said that if the client's condition gets worse, WRHA can work with the family to find a child care home.
Jan Legeros, Managing Director of the Manitoba Long-Term and Continuing Care Association, praised local efforts to ensure that only those who really need a home care bed for personal care are admitted.
She said that the current vacancy rate in Winnipeg's children's homes "is probably a little more than we would like to see," but the beds are probably not long used.
With a rapidly aging population, the need for bed care will only be increased, Legeros said.
"Outside of Winnipeg, there are still very, very long waiting lists for personal care beds," she said, particularly at the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.
"Outside of Winnipeg, there are still very, very long waiting lists for personal care beds." – Jan Legeros, Managing Director of the Manitoba Long-Term and Continuing Care Association
She said there were talks between the two health authorities about the relocation of patients to Winnipeg, while the city had surplus spaces, and this happened in several cases.
Winnipeg has 5,665 beds in 38 licensed care homes.
In 2013, the Manitoba Health Policy Center published a study according to which Manitoba will need another 5,100-6,300 personal homes or support beds by 2036. The same report states that Winnipeg is likely to face sharp demand for beds until 2021.
Critics say the Pallister government is moving too slowly to ensure the creation of new FCH spaces. The government has set a maximum limit on how much money it will contribute to the new facility, which has forced some projects to go back to the board.
The extension of the Holy Family House in Winnipeg will bring in 41 beds in spring. A spokesman for the government said on Wednesday that the province is reviewing "active proposals" for another 360 beds in Steinbach, Carman and Winnipeg.
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