When the pandemic hit it felt like the world just came to a complete halt. Businesses have been scrambling to address closures, and new rules. They have been dealing with various restrictions, staffing issues, wage issues. I think we can all agree it has not been easy for anyone. One of the hardest hit areas have been congregate care facilities; Long-term care facilities and Assisted Living Facilities. The vulnerable ages, health conditions and close living quarters have made it one of the hardest hit for cases. I think we can all agree we can’t wait for this to come to an end.
The pandemic has also shone the light on In-Home Care. Due to the limited exposure of other seniors and staff it cuts down on the exposure to the virus. It also gives the senior the flexibility with who visits and when.
The Home Care industry is one of the fastest growing segments in the long-term care sector. There are many opportunities to start or grow a business in this sector.
On December 3, 2020, Doug Ford announced the province of Ontario is investing $115 million to support the home care system as part of the provinces COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. The funding will give over 800 complex care patients access to services as well as expanding virtual care options across the province. “With today’s modern medical advances and technology, and with the help of our dedicated nurses, and personal support workers, we are ready to provide quality care for patients in the own home and in their communities. This kind of care is not only critical to keeping patients safe and healthy during COVID-19, but also part of our government’s ongoing commitment to ensure our hospitals are not overwhelmed.” said Ford.
This is a step in the right direction! Hopefully other province’s take note and take similar action.